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Curated Lipstick Picks from Top Beauty Brands

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Lipstick has always been a great way to refresh your make-up look, you can look dramatic with red or soft with a nude or a pink.  Lips is an affordable way to update your style, as you can buy top brands for under $10.00 and even designer lipsticks for under $25.00. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.

Charlotte Tilbury “Hot Lips” Lipstick.  This lipstick is a personal favorite of mine due to its rich and very long lasting color. I love the Secret Salma  color in this lipstick, it’s super flattering for blonds or the fair skinned with its subtle pick hues.  According to Charlotte Tilbury,  the ‘formula is enriched with a secret antioxidant from the Lipstick Tree, a blend of special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments. ” The lipstick retails for $34.00 at Nordstrom.

Sassy Lips

Sassy Lips ” When the Night Gets Going Lipstick.”

Sassy Lips:  I recently had the chance to try to Sassy Lips Lipsticks at a beauty editor preview day.   These lipsticks are one color out of the tube, but a completely different color on your lips–which is frankly kind of amazing !  I tried the yellow lipstick / lip gloss is jelly infused with gold flakes and a flower in the middle, which paints on as a delicious rosy pink.  Most Sassy Lips lipsticks are available online and retail from $29.00 US.

Le Métier de Beauté’s Moisture Matte Lip Crème. The high pigmented Moisture Matte Collection of Lipsticks give the allure of matte with the benefit of hydration. Vivid long-lasting color glides smoothly over lips, leaving a daring, luxurious velvety-matte finish. The lipstick retails for $42 at Neiman Marcus

Touch in Sol’s Metallist Liquid Foil Lipstick Duo is an innovative, dual-ended lipstick, featuring a rich metallic matte shade and matching glitter gloss for a buildable, bold lip look. Create ultra-rich, heavy metal lips with a lush, creamy, matte metallic liquid color on one side and the perfect matching glittering gloss on the other. The hottest trend for lips is high impact metallic color, topped with some serious glitter. Designed with Korean technology to be supremely creamy and super long-wearing, it leaves lips with major metal with color and glitter. $25, Sephora and

Grande Cosmetics’ GrandeLIPS Hydra-Plump Liquid Lipstick is newly designed to impart the same natural-looking  volume as the original GrandeLIPS, this liquid lipstick redefines plumping mattes.Decadently creamy with intense color payoff, GrandeLIPS Hydra-Plump Liquid Lipstick utilizes active ingredients VolulipTM   and Hyaluronic Acid to hone in on dry, chapped patches to deliver superior hydration for a believably voluptuous look and feel.  The quick-drying, non-irritating formula ensures color is locked in and won’t transfer, yet is comfortable enough for long wear without cracking or flaking. $27 at


Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick is infused with Hilurlip™, an innovative moisturizing, anti-aging and skin-protecting Sodium Hyaluronate based agent, lips are redefined, their volume is boosted and fine vertical lines are minimized while fighting the negative effects of free radicals. The Sheer Lipstick formula is also infused with nourishing Rosehip Butter, a natural powerhouse of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Provides the transparent, juicy color of a lip stain with the wet-look finish of a gloss.$29.00 at

Physicians Formula’s NEW The Healthy Lip Velvet Liquid Lipstick – We’re longtime fans of the organic make-up formulas used by Physicians Formula. This lipstick is formulated as a beauty hybrid.  The Healthy Lip  Velvet Liquid Lipstick is designed to  combine a creamy, skincare-infused formula with sensational, feminine lip shades that range from nudes to neutrals and beyond brilliantly bold. Just a swipe of the decadent mousse-like texture delivers long-lasting, high impact color that glides on for seamless one-stroke color payoff. The soft satin-matte effect enhances the long-lasting results because it won’t ever dry out lips, cake or settle into fine lines.


Votre Vu CHAMPS-ÉLIPSÉE lip crayon in Nude.  I hadn’t tried anything from Votre Vu in sometime, but the brand recently gifted me with samples of their lip crayons.  I’m addicted to the Nude lip crayon and have been carrying it with me in my bag. The lip crayon is very rich looking but priced at an affordable $24.00 US.  The crayons are hydrating with a botanical wax formula. The convenient stick never needs sharpening and is perfect for touch-ups on the go. It’s tres convenient!


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