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Winter Lipstick Favorites

winter lipstick favorites


Hi guys, I am back from a momentary pause. My website experienced a downtime a few days ago, but I am here now, still alive and kicking. So, what have I been doing lately? Apart from going through the whole #snowpocalypse saga, I binge-watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo in Netflix and I suddenly got an idea. Meet me, Marie Apartment (LOL) and I am here to talk to you about the lipsticks that spark joy for me this Winter. And nope, I didn’t throw away my other lipsticks that didn’t spark joy. I still keep them, and I will always keep them all because, in all honesty, these lipsticks always give me joy. But for this Winter, I’m rounding up my faves in liquid lipsticks, balms, lip pencils and lipsticks. This is kind of an exhaustive roundup so grab your favorite drinks and chill. Take note that since I’m a lover of matte lipsticks, almost all the lipsticks here are mostly matte.


I use these lipsticks mostly in rotation, and also, depending on my activity for the day, I tend to pick the shade that would look best and appropriate on me for that occasion. And if I’m undecided, I would just pick the shade that’s giving me all the feels (LOL), unless of course, I have no feels on that day (LOL again), then that’s another story.


Excited to see which lipsticks made the cut? Keep reading (You’ve been warned :-)).




Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Thicc


Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick in Show Girl (0.24 oz: $34) – warm deep berry. Always and will be in love with this shade. I love the thick whipped formula of this liquid lipstick and it sets into a velvety matte that won’t emphasize the lip lines. Lip swatch HERE.


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in 508 Semi Nude (0.14 oz: $26) – cinnamon. My most unforgettable lipstick ever. One of the most beautiful things that happened lately in my life happened when I wore this lipstick, so this totally sparks a thousand joy for me. This shade is not exactly semi-nude, but more like a muted cinnamon, and the tube of this lipstick is heavy and magnetic. For more of this lipstick, click HERE.


fenty thicc lipstick swatch


Bite Beauty Multistick in Mascarpone (0.17oz: $24) – deep salmon. I love Bite Beauty’s Multistick (seen HERE) and I like that this is so versatile. You can absolutely do a monochromatic look with just this shade. Just swipe a bit on the lids, lips, and cheeks, and voila! Lagertha (Vikings) is that you? LOL.


Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé (0.05 oz: $24) – dusty mauve. My favorite shade from the Bite Lip Crayon, this color is so versatile and the formula is creamy and comfortable, not to mention the irresistible flavor that this lip product has. More details HERE.


Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Thicc (0.06 oz: $18) – sultry mauve. One of the newest shades from the Mattemoiselle Plush line. This is such a pretty shade that can work with almost any skin tone and the lasting power of this lipstick is just amazing. Also, this feels comfy on the lips given that this is matte. More Fenty Beauty review HERE.




Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Fawn No. 5


There are two Burberry lipsticks that I love in my life and they’re both from the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Line. One is Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Fawn No. 5 (0.2 oz: $34) and the other is Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Dark Rosewood No. 17 (0.2 oz: $34), seen HERE. These shades may not be available in Sephora anymore, but they’re still available at Nordstrom or at Saks Fifth Avenue. I just love how soft and natural-looking these velvety matte liquid lipsticks appeal on the lips, and they’re so moisturizing as well. You can never go wrong with these.


Dior Lip Glow in Berry (0.12 oz: $34) – sheer berry balm. This is probably the Dior Lip Glow shade that complements my skin tone very well since this has a mauve tone that adjusts beautifully to my lips’ natural color. More Dior Lip Glow shades and swatches HERE.


burberry lipstick


Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in 420 Underground (0.11 oz: $37) – pink nude. This is one of my favorites when it comes to natural or nude lipstick colors. It’s nude but kinda like a warm mid-tone nude with a bit of pink that is enough to complement and add some color to the lips. Great for everyday wear. See the lip swatch HERE.


Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick in 843 Ultra Crave ($37) – terracotta pink. This lipstick is so long-wearing and very comfortable to wear. The Ultra-Crave shade really makes you wanna crave for more of this type of lipstick, and of course, the Dior red packaging is so elegant and sleek. Complete review HERE.



YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick


YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in 23 Singular Taupe (0.20 oz: $37) – deep nude. An Allure Award Winner and no doubt one of the best lip stains I’ve ever tried. I really like this shade a lot. It’s perfect for daytime wear and even to a nighttime formal affair. See the other shades HERE.


The two classic YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks I love are the YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 28 Rose Boheme (0.13 oz: $38) and the 66 Bois De Rose (0.13 oz: $38). 28 Rose Boheme is a purplish pink that seems difficult to locate nowadays, but it’s still one of my fave purple pink lip colors. See lip swatch HERE. You can definitely find some other similar shades of this particular lipstick, like the 09 rose stiletto (lighter) or the matte version called 212 alternative plum (darker). The YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 66 Bois De Rose is my all-time favorite YSL lipstick color. It is pinky nude and it goes well with everything.


ysl lipstick


YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick in 48 Smoking Plum (0.15 oz: $38) – further reviewed HERE. This is a perfect Plum shade that is so great for this Winter. The formula of this is so hydrating like it melts into the lips. The coverage is medium and it has a nice shine to it.


YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in 409 Burgundy Vibes (0.18 oz: $37) – This is a full coverage high impact dramatic burgundy shade. Perfect for a night out or for an ultra-glam event. I promise you will never be forgotten after wearing this lipstick, LOL. See the lip swatch HERE.



Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencils in Walkyrie

I’m obsessed with two Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencils in Bahama (0.086 oz: $27) and Walkyrie (0.086 oz: $27). Bahama is pink brown and perfect for a warm nude everyday lip color, while Walkyrie is warm coral red creme that’s great for a date night lewk.


nars lipstick swatch


Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in American Woman (0.18 oz: $26) – chestnut rose. From the name of this liquid lipstick, down to its shade, plus its comfortable matte formula, you can’t resist the charm.



Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid Lipsticks


The Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid Lipsticks in 507 Garconne (0.13 oz: $38) and 600 Front Row (0.13 oz: $38) are two of my staple liquid lipstick/lip stain hybrid. I always love the formula of these since they’re somewhat creamy and definitely comfortable. On top of that, they set into a satiny matte. Also, the wear of these is really good. 507 Garconne is a mauve berry. A perfect mid-tone mauve, while 600 Front Row is a rich brownish berry. You can’t help but stare at how beautiful this shade is. It’s one of those enigmatic berry shade that everyone could pull off. Lip swatch HERE


armani lipsticks swatch


I haven’t gotten over my love for the Armani Lip Magnets, and here goes the new Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Matte in 102 Androgino (0.14 oz: $38) and 201 Nightberry (0.14 oz: $38). Androgino is an antique rose and my latest favorite nude lipstick. This really works well for my light/medium skin tone and my pigmented lips. I also think that this is a very universally flattering shade because this has a versatile sort of androgynous undertone. On the other hand, 201 Nightberry is scarlet red. This shade is just to-die-for. It’s the perfect wine-red berry shade with a comfortable creamy matte formula that lasts for hours and hours. Not really sure if I’ll be able to get over the beauty of this lipstick, probably not, so I hope it’s forever. LOL. Lip swatches HERE




Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme in 118 Eternel


Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme in 118 Eternel (0.12 oz: $37) – Part of Chanel’s Fall ’18 releases, this new “extreme matte” formula is amazing. It’s super pigmented and it stays on the lips without the drying effect. The shade Eternel is the perfect nude pink from this line and I love it. Further swatched HERE.


Before the Velvet Extreme lipsticks, I’ve been a fan and will always be a fan of the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 69 Abstrait (0.12 oz: $37) and 58 Rouge Vie (0.12 oz: $37). I also love the Libre shade, but that’s for the Summer. The 69 Abstrait color is a new addition from Chanel and it has a coral nude tone. It is a wonderful shade to moderately brighten the pout with a very comfortable original non-drying velvety matte formula. 58 Rouge Vie is a luminous matte red. It’s hard for me to pull off a true red lip color, but this one has a muted brick-like tone and with a comfortable matte texture, so this works for me since it flatters my skin tone. Lip swatch for Abstrait can be seen HERE.


chanel lipsticks review


Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in 960 Avant-Gardiste (0.3 oz: $30.00) – seen HERE. This is a red berry shade. I absolutely love the unique formula of this. It’s powdery, it’s staining, and it’s long-wearing. Perfect for that ombre lip effect.


Chanel Jumbo Longwear Matte Lip Crayon in 267 Impulsion (0.04 oz: $37) – A deep blue-toned red with a smooth and creamy lip crayon formula. It’s so pigmented that it’ll stain the lips for the whole day. A little bit goes a long way. Further swatched HERE.


Chanel Rouge Allure Ink in 174 Melancholia (0.2 oz: $37) – deep berry. Also a very staining lip color and you don’t need to apply a lot. It’s so lightweight on the lips and it’s non-drying. See the lip swatch HERE.


That comprises my Winter lipstick favorites. Did these lipsticks also spark you some joy? LOL, I mean, what are the lipsticks that spark joy on you lately? And what are your favorite lip colors for the Winter?


Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Review + Swatches

Hello Guys! Please bear with me right now as I am currently traveling and I am literally typing this in the plane while trying not to get dizzy, LOL. I am in the first part of my travels and will be in London in a few weeks, as well as in Spain. Also, I’ll be embarking on a trip to Hong Kong and to another place in Asia. I’m gonna be so jet lagged to the bones.

Anyways, as promised, I want to talk about Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Makeup. I was so glad that my local Sephora immediately carried them as soon as the official launch of the makeup came out. Well initially, I saw that there were only a few products displayed at the center aisle of my local Sephora store, but as soon as I was halfway inside the store, I saw that there was actually a row full of Fenty Beauty Products. From highlighters to contouring sticks, and to makeup brushes, it was a sight to behold. It was also packed with a lot of people, women young and old, teens, and curious onlookers alike were all there.


Fenty Beauty By Rihanna review



There was a lot to try and to like, I was really excited, so I grabbed a few stuff that I thought I might like. First, I picked a highlighter palette in some peachy pink shade, but then I changed my mind and grabbed a more golden peach tone. I also saw the famous golden yellow Killawatt Trophy Wife Highlighter which was used by Rihanna in one of her ad video for this makeup line. To be honest, I kinda laugh when I saw it because I was like “oh my, that’s a whole lotta highlighters!” I thought it was a bit too much, and with that highlighting brush, it seems like RiRi’s highlighted cheeks could blind the aliens in the outer space. So I skipped on that shade even though it really looks beautiful. Also, I was really worried that if I use that shade I might cause a traffic accident whenever I get out of the house, oh my. Anyway, enough chatter, I wasn’t sure what Shimmer Skinstick to get, only that I really like the Trippin shade, furthermore, I wasn’t even sure which Matte Skinstick to get either, so I picked up the Match Stix Trio for medium skin tone which came with the Trippin shade. I also picked up a few little brushes which seem really good for traveling. I also bought a blotting powder that looks handy for on the go oil-control of the face.

fenty beauty

Right when I was about to check out, a few Sephora salesladies mentioned how good the Fenty Foundation brush is, they’re really in “ohs” and “ahs” about it, but I just decided to stick to my purchase and took note of the brush in my head. A few days later, I saw Jeffree Star’s review about the Fenty beauties and he seemed to really love the Foundation brush, as it gives him a more airbrushed look than the Beautyblender itself. So, I gave in and decided to try the brush myself together with another Shimmer Skinstick that was also stuck in my head. While I was at Sephora, I tried the Unicorn shade and another lighter shade that’s also very close to it, called Confetti. So, I purchased the Foundation brush and the Confetti shade additionally, and I got a sample of the Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation as well. I heard good things about their foundation, but I decided to skip it for now as I got the samples and I was more curious about their texture and their effect as opposed to their shades. Although I was really eyeing the shade 190, I think I’ll do a review on the latest foundations and I’ll add the Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation in there.


Here are the stuff I got:


fenty Match Stix Trio in Medium bamboo trippin mocha


Invisimatte Blotting Powder (0.3 oz: $32) – This is a magnetic translucent blotting powder that partners with the Touchup Brush #130. The nice thing about this powder is that it not only controls oil, but it also acts as a setting powder over foundation or under eyes for a more “wide awake” look. It’s soft finely-milled powder doesn’t leave a white blotchy cast on the face. It’s also great for traveling or just to be in your purse for a quick retouch. Also, I love the tiny mirror and sponge that came with it.

fenty Match Stix Shimmer Skin Stick in Confetti

Match Stix Trio in Medium ($54) – Shades: Bamboo (light to medium beige), Trippin (golden glazed apricot), and Mocha (deep-medium brown). These sticks magnetize each other which makes them easy to pick up and store. I picked this trio of shades because it seems like the ideal group of shades for medium skin tones and it has the shade “Trippin” which is a nice peachy tone that’s subtly shimmery. It can double as either a blush or as a highlighter. The bamboo shade is great to brighten the undereyes and the mocha shade is nice for contouring that’s easy to blend and can be layered. These sticks are not really that creamy, contrary to most makeup sticks out there. While I do feel that the whole Fenty line is made for someone with oily skin, I was actually surprised that even though they may feel a bit drying to the touch, they’re actually well-pigmented and packed with shimmers, especially when you warm the product against your finger or the palm of your hand. For their price, this trio of sticks has enough product in them to last for quite a long time, also they don’t melt easily which minimize product waste, and they’re very well-pigmented.


fenty Portable Touchup Brush 130


Full-Bodied Foundation Brush 110 ($34) – Thank God I purchased this brush because this is such a life changer. Yep, it’s true and I’m not kidding. The salesladies at Sephora were right, this brush is indeed SO good. It’s easier and faster to use than a Beautyblender, and it makes for a nice airbrush finish on the face with a liquid foundation. The synthetic bristles are very soft and very dense with just the right length for easy maneuverability. Love the muted nude pink color too. This is definitely gonna be my top foundation brush from now on and will take with me on my travels all the time. P.S. I’ve already washed this brush twice and it held up so well without any loose bristles. Hopefully, this brush will last a very long time.

Portable Touchup Brush 130 ($24) – This is the magnetic brush that can attach to the bottom of the Invisimatte Blotting Powder compact. It is retractable and very soft. I purchased this brush thinking this would really be a nice travel highlighting brush as opposed to the Brush #140, but heck I was wrong. This brush is too pliable and too soft as a travel highlighting/contouring brush. I feel like this is just really great as a quick touch up brush to apply translucent loose powders. But if you really want to use this a highlighter, there might actually be a way with that. Just retract the brush halfway and that would make the bristles stiff, which would then make it easier to use as a highlighter on the cheeks, nose, and brow area.

Portable Highlighting Brush 140 ($24) – I was skeptical about this brush at first because of the reviews that mentioned the bristles being prone to fall out, but when I got it, I was actually impressed at its ability to pick up the amount of product to highlight the face. It did highlight my face well, given that it’s small, but it’s a nice and handy little brush. Great for traveling and it magnetizes well the Match Stix Trio.


 fenty Match Stix Shimmer Skin Stick in Confetti


Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby ($34) – I originally wanted the Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak which is a duo of soft pink and peachy pink tone of highlighters, but I decided on this duo compact instead, because I love the peachy pink champagne shimmer on them. There are two shades in this compact, while some only have one shade in it (Trophy Wife being one for example). The Mean Money shade almost doesn’t show on the skin, which is a bit disappointing, but the Hu$tla Baby is a beautiful peachy pink champagne shimmer that really makes you glow from within. It reminds me a lot of Becca’s Champagne Pop.

fenty Invisimatte Blotting Powder swatch

Match Stix Shimmer Skin Stick in Confetti (0.25 oz: $25) – I really love this fun shade, and it’s not so out of this world to use that you start reflecting those aliens from outer space. I saw the Unicorn shade but I thought that was too violet-ish for me, so I picked up this one which is a light violet opal effect shimmer and it’s the closest to a mythical creature as I can get. Definitely unicorn enough for me. I love that it’s easy to swipe and still has a natural effect.


fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation reviewPro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer (1.08 oz: $32) – A mattifying primer that is lightweight and oil-free. This primer is meant to smooth away the pores, even the skin’s texture, and blurs imperfections. While this is indeed comfortable to wear and it makes the foundation last longer with a nice matte effect, in my experience this particular primer is pretty much like all other primers that feel cushiony and slightly blurring, which means that it does help but I could still see my pores and blemishes underneath it, though not so much, but yeah, they’re still there. However, this feels like a really good quality primer that is on par with some other popular brands.

fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer swatch

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (1.08 oz: $34) – This foundation is really nice because it indeed has a soft matte effect and it doesn’t get cakey. It comes in tons of shades and they’re long-lasting. Their coverage is medium to full and they oxidize a bit, but it’s hard to notice. The nice thing about this foundation is that it’s really lightweight that it almost feels like there’s nothing on your face. Its soft matte effect makes for a natural look and it’s kinda sweat-proof. I like that it’s oil-free and my face didn’t look so shiny for a long time, even beyond 6 hours. Amazing. This is for sure one of the best mattifying foundations I’ve ever tried.


That concludes my Fenty Beauty review, but oh wait! There’s one more because I really enjoyed RiRi’s makeup products, I also have here the…


fenty Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120

fenty Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120

fenty Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120 review


Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120 ($32) – I really thought that I don’t need this brush at all, and I usually just use a fan brush to highlight my nose, cheeks, cupids bow, etc., but sometimes I need my highlighter to really pop out, and this brush does the job. It’s a fool-proof brush on how to apply a highlighter 101. I love its chiseled sides which hug and highlight the cheeks and all other high points of the face precisely. Also, it feels really soft and ergonomic. It’s definitely one of those unique game-changing brushes that you thought you don’t need, but it’ll actually prove you wrong.


Overall, I love Fenty’s beauty products and I like that they have shades for every skintone, which I think truly matters a lot in makeup. That’s it for me guys, I hope you enjoyed this very detailed review and my apologies for making it too long.


Fenty Beauty By Rihanna review swatches


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