So lets go through my lippy must haves ...
I do not need as many lip liners as I do colors and some of my colors do double duty as a liner as well which is another reason I love them, however it is good to have liners, especially for those more powerful colors, like deep red, super hot pink, or anything that could stray from the boundaries and bleed, or end up on your teeth! Liners help to define the boundary of your lips, give a more clean, professional look, and contour those areas of your lip where it is difficult to tell where things begin and where they end. They also make your lips POP! I only buy Laura Mercier Lip Pencil. This brand lasts all day long, does not dry out, does not bleed, and stays put. It is also super smooth to apply. I just love it!
My absolute favorite of all time lippy is the Buxom Full On Lip Stick When applied it has this cool tingly sensation, and gives a lip plumping effect that is super sexy! The colors are amazing too! What I love most about this lip stick is that the tip is narrow at the top and can do double time as a liner even though it does not line as perfectly as Laura Mercier, it does a good job of setting your baseline for the application of the lip stick everywhere else and does define your lips. It also has amazing staying power, and sets lighter on the lips than some heavier lip sticks.
Speaking of Buxom, another one of my favorites is also from the same line. It is Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick. The color line up is a bit more intense, more vivid, and daring even with colors called Swinger, Exhibitionist, Nudist, and such. With a satin finish, non sparkly, and a wonderful lip plumping effect I consider this lippy my Pin Up look lipstick. Love it!
I could not write this article without giving mention to my favorite new friend, the absolute perfect for me nude color. I recently wrote a post about finding my perfect nude and this is it! Now my perfect nude won't necessarily be your perfect nude, but I suggest you at least give this one a try because I adore it!
Hourglass Opaque Rogue Liquid Lipstick is another somewhat new love for me. I got this as a deluxe sample item in one of my Sephora orders and wish I had opted to get the full size when it was only ten dollars! I got mine in the color Icon - a blue red and let me tell you if you are looking for a blue hued red lipstick this is the one you want! This works in many ways, it goes on smooth and glossy, then goes to more of a creamy look, ending up as a stain that lasts and lasts! Check out the reviews on this one if you are looking for a red color you can fall madly in love with. This is the color of all things love, sex, romance, valentine's day, its like cupid made this color himself! In LOVE with it!
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is what I reach for to hydrate my lips. It comes in colors but I always have the the color "sugar" which is un-tinted on hand. The colors are lovely too but I use my un-tinted version as a balm. It has a lot of healthy for your lips ingredients in it and also has a plumping action. Right now, on Sephora you can get this deal:
I also love the Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo and have it on my wish list in the Neutral shades, as my daughter already has the Vivid shades and I just steal hers. I love the contrasting shades but do be careful with this item as it melts easily and is not good for "on the go" looks.
Too Faced has this incredible Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick that I just can't wait to get a full size of! I only got to test it but I want some! It is a stain, and when applied properly will last for days, literally, it is hard to get off entirely, but if you are needing a stain that will stick, this is it! This is a love it or hate it item it appears based on the reviews on Sephora, but I loved it when I got to try it. I am wanting to get it in many colors but will start with Melted Marshmallow simply because of the name, yes I am that silly.
And lastly, an item that I highly recommend, and is an absolute must have in my makeup collection, not a lip stick. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, not to be confused with a bronzer as it is so much more, but can be used as one in the right shade. It comes in six shades, from Ethereal Light to Radiant Light. The colors are not for different skin tones but for different effects you may desire.
Ethereal Light: A sheer, cool tone that eliminates shine and mimics a moonlit glow—even in broad daylight.
Diffused Light: A soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.
Dim Light: A neutral soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections.
Mood Light: A soft, sheer lavender pink that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion.
Luminous Light: A champagne pearl that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow—day or night.
Radiant Light: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.
Now, if you are like me and just can't pick one, and can't justify spending on more than one get this Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette! It comes with Incandescent Light, Dim Light, and Radiant Light. I will admit, I still want to get a few of the other shades such as Mood Light, Ethereal Light, and Diffused Light. Uggg I want them ALL but this was a great place to start and now that I know how much I love them I can and will justify getting them all, eventually.
So there you have it, my makeup must have line up! What do you think of my products? What are your favorite makeup products? Let me know in comments below please as I am always on the hunt for more must have items!
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