Ok! Here are the rest of the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick swatches I promised you.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks

And not just swatches- but pics of them on MY FACE. Because I think you SHOULD see lipsticks ON a blogger’s face-not just arm swatches, or just pretty pics of just the lipsticks themselves. THAT’S CALLED ACTUAL BLOGGING FOR THE READERS. Hey, I get it-maybe some bloggers don’t have time…sure, I’m busy too? And it’s a pain in the ass to take full face pics. I get it. And to be honest-I’m getting older and older by the minute and it’s getting nerve-racking to post pics of my aging face here. But I think it’s important to show what a lipstick looks like on my face! I really do! If all I and other readers ever see are just swatches on arms, or just close-ups of your lips(which I used to do too, but if you’ve noticed I don’t anymore because honestly, it really doesn’t tell a reader that much) or just pretty pics of JUST the lipstick? It makes readers wonder if you really do wear and use the makeup! Just sayin’, and being my big-ole’ big mouth can’t keep quiet Tracy as usual  😛 #minirant

MANDATORY-If-You-Call-Yourself-A-Beauty Blogger-Arm-Swatches, right Paris? 😀

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C502, C105, C603, M401, C211, C506

So, C means satin finish, and M means matte. No sheers in the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks, which is ok by me. The satin finishes are super creamy, super comfy, and mildly hydrating even. You already know from yesterday’s post how I feel about the mattes, which is just plain LOVE. The pigment is out of this world on both finishes, and lasting power is pretty awesome-easily a between meals lasting time.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C105
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An easy to wear peachy nude! A lip-liner is needed if you have pretty pigmented lips like mine, which I didn’t use here, but when I wear this one you better believe I do.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C211

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This shade for me is a MLLB shade-it’s pretty close to my natural lip shade and I love it. An every-day, no fuss, wear everywhere shade.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M401

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Gorgeous bright, matte red that everyone needs in their lipstick wardrobe! Love it lots!

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C506

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Gorgeous plum berry shade that’s very on trend right now. I love it, but I think I’d prefer this kind of a shade to be a matte, as it would be less of a fuss to deal with while wearing. But, that’s me and my personal preference speaking there. And then again, that sheen (。•̀ᴗ-)✧  on this shade is GORGEOUS.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C502

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Make Up For Ever calls this one Taupe-Violet, but I kind of think it’s more of a greyed-violet. Not an easy to wear shade, especially when you’re almost 50! Again, a lip liner or a concealer should be used to block out your lip pigment when you wear a shade like this. I do appreciate this shade is a cream though, as a matte might have made it settle into lip lines. Although, I do think that this brilliant new formula could have handled this greyed-violet in a matte.

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This shade is called Midnight Blue by Icona Pop and it’s a LE shade, so if it’s something that speaks to you, better get it quick!

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I used to love shades like this! And I still do, but this is a little too warm for my skin tone, and in all honesty, it should have been a matte. It’s too fussy for my liking, and I prefer blotting it down if I venture to wear this shade out. I haven’t yet, as all I’ve done lately is go to zumba or shopping for Christmas stuff. But if I had a party to go to? I’d try and rock it. Why not? It’s only makeup, and it’s meant to be FUN. This shade with icy silvery eyes and some gorgeous navy too would look BEAUTIFUL.

There you go! So, any of these shades appeal to you? I love the formula, and think getting one in a shade that’s perfect for you is worth the $27 CAD.

And, do you agree? Do you like seeing lipsticks on a face as well? 

You all must know by now that Make Up For Ever reformulated their Artist Rouge Lipsticks. I’m a little late to the lipstick party here, but PFFT-does that really matter? Maybe, but I’m gonna revive that lipstick party train for ya’ll just before you need a Christmas Party lipstick!

DANG…these are some NICE lipsticks you guys. You need a lipstick that’s as perfect as Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M204 is for me! And I know you can find one because there are like fifty-something shades that range from the avant-garde to the just plain beautiful.

To refresh our makeup-obsessed minds, Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks now pack 25% more pigment than before and yeah, these are one swipers. SO PIGMENTED. But yet, they feel so light on the lips as to opposed say a NARS Audacious lipstick. Those are a heavier formula for sure. Make Up For Ever feels better on the lips, easier to wear, hydrating-even the mattes like my shade here. The mattes go on with a velvety finish at first and dry down more matte after some wear time. I like that. Kind of eases you into that whole matte feeling.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M204 ($27)

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Isn’t she a BEAUTY?!!! I loves me a fresh tube of lipstick. It’s one of my favourite things, and it doesn’t have to be wrapped up in brown paper packaging and strings either….   😛

Swatchy Time!

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M204

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M204 is a perfect, bright shade of pinky-red that just perks up my face! Raspberry Pink Make Up Forever calls it! It gives me life! And makes me look a WHOLE lot younger. Pinky reds like this one take 10 years off my face I swear.

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wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M204

I love these new Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks! I have a few other shades as well-let me know if you’d like to see some of them and I’ll oblige of course. The satin finishes are just as lovely as the mattes. But, if you are looking for a party-perfect matte lipstick? I say look at these, particularly the shade M501 which is a Plum Violet. I’m getting that one next, and I think it’d be PERFECT for Christmas and winter!

What shade of lipstick makes you look younger? You need to find that ONE shade, and when you do-you will know!

Skincare. It’s my jam lately. It’s all I care about. Maybe it’s an aging thing, since I am getting closer and closer to that age of FIFTY- HOLY WOW. In January, I will be a half of a century OLD you guys. And when you finally realize that you’re gonna be that old, all those pretty taupe eyeshadows sitting in the makeup drawer? Yeah, I don’t use them, and I don’t want them anymore. My old eyes can’t handle taking off those pretty eyeshadows anymore. I. Give. UP.

But skincare? HOOWHEEEE. GIMME. GIMME. GIMME.

Korea is at the forefront of the beauty industry these days, as we all know by now. Remember when French skincare was where it’s at? Yeah…it’s kind of NOT anymore. Korean skincare is where it’s at and it’s at peak GOODNESS right now my friends.

I am so into it all, but a typical Korean skincare regimen involves multiple products and multiple steps—usually somewhere between 10 and 17 products you guys! Like, talk about commitment. It’s not a chore for Korean women though. They view their skincare as a ritual or pampering experience, which I am so on board with. I love when it’s time to use my skincare lately-picking and choosing from what I’ve got in my obscene stash at the moment, and just smiling and imagining all the GOOD it’s doing for me. Makes my day! And makes me sleep well too haha!

One of the biggest Korean brands available in the U.S.A. and now in Canada as well is Sulwhasoo. Sulwashoo has been around since 1967 in Korea, but made its way to the USA finally in 2010. Not gonna lie here, Sulwhasoo is a LUXURY brand, so if that is something that you avoid then you can stop reading right here and right now. Sulwhasoo is inspired by ancient Korean herbal medicine, and a few of its key ingredients include Korean ginseng, solomon’s seal to treat dryness and Chinese peony which has anti-inflammatory properties.

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Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Products

The Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating line contains Korean red pine, which is grown on an unpolluted island near the west coast of Korea. The red pine is one of the most resilient pine species in Korea and thrives under harsh conditions; it has kept its green needles and reddish bark intact for thousands of years. It has long been a symbol of longevity and youth because of its dense and strong wood,” said Jerdnapang Mathong, Sulwhasoo general manager. Here’s how much it is prized you guys: Coffins for the royal family are also made using the red pine wood, AND the trees are also planted around royal tombs! That’s some highly treasured trees!

This is a new formula, and it contains extracts from the sap as well as the root of the red pine tree. The formula is supposed to wake up your skin’s natural defense mechanisms, turning them back on, and making your skin repair and protect itself. Plus it’s chock-full of antioxidants and a whole host of ingredients that takes you quite awhile to read hahaha. Honestly, that’s one LONG list of ingredients for a serum.

Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Serum ($473 CAD) is more like a lotion. When I think serum, I think watery, and this definitely is not that. It’s a lotion, and wow…it’s so good. Like SO GOOD. It smells divine-like a tree surprisingly enough haha! It’s earthy, woodsy, but not overpowering. It absorbs quickly and leaves your face so smooth and moisturized. One pump is enough for my face, and don’t use more than that because you’re just wasting this gem. I was sent this in the summer, and for me…this was enough. I didn’t need any other moisturizer at all. Even now, with the weather here being around -1C to about -5C I find that my dry skin is fine and comfy and at its best, not itchy, less red- when I use this. It’s times like this when I absolutely HATE being a Beauty Blogger, because DUDES…the price is $$$$$$$. How do I go on without it?!

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Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Cream

Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Cream ($593.53 CAD) is the line’s priciest product and the most expensive skincare product I’ve ever tried. Wild mushrooms are also grown at the foot of them red pine trees and picked as another ingredient for this cream. It’s SO so SO so rich. A bit much for even my dry skin to be honest, but a little dip of the spatula that comes with the cream-because hello when you pay this much for a cream, a spatula is required, right? RIGHT. Anyways, a little dip does my chubby dry cheek patches good! I’m betting when it’s -40C, which it will get here in Edmonton at some point, I’ll be thanking the PR gods for this amazingly moisturizing, heavenly earthy, pine-scented cream that moisturizes and protects my skin like nothing else that’s crossed my desk.

I know, I KNOW… the price on these two products is CRAZY….and most of us can’t afford this stuff. I can’t! HECK let’s get real-anything is affordable if you really want it. To be honest? If I stopped buying and trying crap that’s useless and just hyped up, I could totally see one of these being in my regular skincare line-up forever and ever amen. But only one would make it on my to save and buy list, and that would be the Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Serum because it’s just SO good. Plus, I prefer serums-they’re just the better option when you are really serious about skincare and wanting effective ingredients. Most serums these days are housed in air tight bottles, like this one-creams just aren’t and the more they are exposed to air, the more they degrade. Sorry, but that’s the truth man.

I know most people can’t afford Sulwhasoo. And if you’re under the age of 40, you shouldn’t even be thinking about buying these two products as they just aren’t meant for you. I’m talking to those ladies who buy La Mer Cream-I see you ladies when I’m at Nordstroms, at Holt’s-who waste their money on a cream that lists MINERAL OIL as one of the top ingredients and pay hundreds of dollars for that ingredient which btw is one of the CHEAPEST ingredients around. STOP RIGHT NOW. Walk a few feet over to the Sulwhasoo counter I implore you. Look at Sulwhasoo ladies instead! PLEASE. If you’re gonna spend that much money on skincare, then at LEAST do me a favour and get something that’s worth it.

Korean Skincare! All the rage, right? Have you tried something yet? Something that works well? I know I haven’t met skincare product from Korea that HASN’T worked well yet…I’ve tried a few things, and they’ve all been top-notch.

Oh, and btw-stay tuned for some AFFORDABLE skincare I’ve been loving lately too—I have so much to share with you guys when it comes to skincare! So stay tuned!

This year, we are just filling Christmas stockings for each other. Actually, it’s what we’ve been doing for quite a few years. Instead, we donate money to The Huron Carole which helps the food banks across Canada.

Filling Christmas stockings with little useful gifts is way more fun anyways! And next to chocolate, eos lip balms have been a regular stocking stuffer ever since they’ve been around in Canada.

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This year there are two new eos Limited Edition Holiday packs, and each one has some new flavours too!

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eos Lip Balms are 100% natural and 95% organic, and in case you never noticed, the formulas don’t contain water and are sugar-free too. I like that a lot! It means they contain more of the good stuff, like antioxidant-rich vitamin E, moisturizing shea butter, and jojoba oil. There’s no petroleum in eos lip balms either. Instead they use organic beeswax, olive oil and coconut oil. In fact, eos is the largest user of organic beeswax in the world and they buy enough coconut oil a year to fill the two large water tanks at the Toronto CN Tower! That’s a lot of oil you guys!

eos Limited Edition Organic Holiday 2-pack: Winterberry and Vanilla Bean ( $7.49 to $8.99)
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This great little two-pack has the flavours Vanilla Bean and Winterberry. Both are equally yummy smelling, but my personal fave is Vanilla Bean! The scent is so warm and comforting and not fake smelling at all. I might just have to keep this one for myself… 😀

eos Limited Edition Holiday 3-pack: New Visibly Soft Honey Apple, NEW organic Wildberry and Passion Fruit ($10.99 to $16.99)
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This pack is an awesome deal and has three festive scents. The striped pink sphere is the eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm in Honey Apple and it’s so good! The Visibly Soft formula leaves your lips instantly smoother looking. It’s one of my fave lip balms to use before using a matte lipstick. Of course the Wildberry and Passion Fruit are amazing as well. To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever come across a flavour of eos Lip Balm I didn’t like. My love for them is well documented here on the blog!

Now, sure you can stick one of these new eos Limited Edition Holiday Packs in a stocking as is-they’re cute and come in festive packaging. But you could split up the packages depending on how many stockings you have to fill. That’s what so nice about eos lip balms! Either way, you’ll still see a huge smile on Christmas morning! And there’s nothing more important than that!

You can find these eos Limited Edition Holiday packs at Loblaws, Uniprix, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and other mass retailers across Canada. Visit http://evolutionofsmooth.ca/ to find out more!

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of eos Products LLC. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Are you done your Christmas shopping yet? If not, this is a great time to do some shopping at the Shopbop Buy More, Save More Sale!  The more you buy, the more you save-PLUS it includes SALE items this time! You can really score some awesome deals!

The Sale begins today 6:30AM EST (New York Time) Tuesday, 11/22 and ends Monday, 11/28, 11:59 pm PT.

 

For my Canadian ladies, it’s pretty easy to Shopbop shop. They offer free shipping, plus they collect any duties at checkout so there’s no surprise at the door. And the sale price takes care of our lousy exchange rate too.
I’ve been wanting a saddle bag for awhile now, and I’m going to pick this one up, the Cynthia Rowley Tabitha Saddle Bag:
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It’s not too small, which I like! Plus it’s got some studs to edge it up a bit-most saddlebags are so preppy looking, and I’m not preppy at all. Now that’s my Christmas gift to myself done haha! Now, I just gotta get something for Marky which is pretty easy-as long as it’s black she’s good. She’s pretty easy to shop for.

Happy Shopping everyone!

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I found two perfect berry lipsticks for fall that don’t make me look OLD haha. Berry shades are getting harder and harder for me to wear. They can be quite aging believe it or not. And the last thing I want to do is make my lips look smaller, which is really easy to do lately. #thanksmenopause

Burberry Lip Velvet No.425 Damson ($38)

 

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Burberry Lip Velvet No.425 Damson

Burberry Lip Velvets rank right up there in my fave matte lipstick list. They are so comfy! They go on creamy, and dry to a soft-matte finish on the lips that’s not drying at all. The formula is pretty close to perfect in my eyes. Every shade I have(I think this is my third) is awesome and pigmented, lasts forever, and fades beautifully. Expensive, yes. But oh so worth it!

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Burberry Lip Velvet No.425 Damson

Burberry Lip Velvet No.425 Damson is a perfect plummy berry that’s easily my favourite fall lipstick this year!

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Girl Gang ($28)

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick Girl Gang

I got Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick Girl Gang after I saw it on my friend Dani on Instagram. She looked amazing and so gorgeous! And so, I wanted to join the Girl Gang too!

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick Girl Gang

I think it looks better on Dani than on me(plus I mean her lips are EPIC), but I still LOVE it. It’s darker than Burberry Damson, but not too dark so that it ages me. Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks are a great formula-not too drying compared to other liquid lipsticks. But to say they aren’t drying at all is a stretch. Let’s get real-most matte liquid lipsticks are. I find if I prep my lips with a good lip balm before application, I’m good to go for hours.

Smashbox Always On Mattes last forever and you need a good makeup remover to take them off. This shade Girl Gang is a bit fussier to apply compared to Babe Alert, which is a lighter one that I have. It takes a bit of time to get opaque coverage, but it’s so worth it as you can see. And to be honest, when it’s not completely opaque, it still looks kind of cool-a kind of effortless ombre lip. I like it a lot!

What’s your favourite Fall lipstick shade? 

It’s no secret I love me some skincare! And when I find skincare at the drugstore that I like? That’s even BETTER!

New Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Collection

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Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Collection contains a Blackberry Complex that combines blackberry leaf extract and dill to help improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging like sagging. Who knew blackberry and dill could help us mature ladies out? Blackberry Extract helps protect elastin, while the dill helps encourage new elastin. Elastin is what helps hold everything in place and as we age, that’s kind of important. The more sagging, the more wrinkles, the more lines, the more….you get it I think. Elastin is our friend and we need it.

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Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Moisturizing Cleanser is a nice, gentle gel cleanser that doesn’t strip skin of moisture at all. It’s smells good too-a gentle berry scent that isn’t overpowering at all. Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Intensive Renewal Serum strengthens the skin’s natural moisture barrier and helps keep moisture in. It’s nice and light and sinks in quickly. I especially LOVE the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer SPF30. It’s a great daily moisturizer that smooths and moisturizes, plus protects with SPF 30. My favourite product in the line is the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Eye Cream. It really does help with any puffiness and makes my under eye area look smoother and brighter by keeping it well hydrated. And the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Restorative Night Cream is my fave night cream at the moment. After just a couple of days of using it, my face is less red and irritated. It’s very moisturizing and you’ll notice that your face looks smoother and brighter in one week. ONE. WEEK.

That’s the promise Aveeno makes when you try the  Absolutely Ageless line, and I have to say it’s true. I saw a difference for sure! And so will you.

And thanks to Aveeno, one of you will get to try the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless line and see the difference it can make in one week as well! You have to be a Canadian to enter though-please remember that. The contest will run for one week. Just enter using the easy rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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