Holiday Party Lips

‘Tis the Season to break out the red lipstick, lip glosses and lip stains. On my most recent trip to my local Sephora, one of the makeup specialists was wearing the most gorgeous lip color. I asked her what it was and she directed me to Givenchy Gloss D’Interdit in Tempting Rouge. It’s beautiful! It looks fire engine red in the bottle below but is instead the most flattering, shiny, shimmery shade of red.

The brush is so thin, it’s like a liner. With some careful strokes you get perfect application and the gloss doesn’t run or smear, it stays right on your lips. It’s also hydrating. According to Givency’s description, “Dehydrated hyaluronic microspheres slip into the lips’ fine lines and hold the water naturally present within the skin’s surface. Like small sponges, they soak in the water and increase their volume by up to 50 times for an immediately smoother and plumper effect.” I can’t tell you if there are tiny sponges in the lip gloss, but it does not dry out your lips!

Click here to find it from Sephora for $27.50!

Downside: It’s definitely a gloss and is not long-lasting.

Upside: The color and shine are to die for.

Dior Extase Mascara vs Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara

I have long been a fan of the classic Dior mascara, Dior Show. It’s just a perfect daily, easy to apply, not too much but definitely not too little mascara. But once I tried Dior Extase, I was sold. It’s a little more lengthening than Dior Show but has all the other great qualities. For a long time, it has been my everyday product.

Recently, when I purchased some Christmas gifts from Sephora online, I received their “secret gift”. I was a good mix of travel and trial size products to test. I plan to review a few more in the coming weeks, including the Origins charcoal mask, which was a pleasant surprise!

I decided to compare one of the mascaras, Buxom Amplified Lash in the “secret gift” kit with my daily Dior. And it’s a tough call!

One of the biggest differences you’ll notice right off the bat are the brushes. The Dior brush is more classic (on the right), while the Buxom brush is a newer invention that is typically used for length and separation.

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Application details: They both apply evenly, smoothly and without clumping. I’ve always thought because they are thicker, the Dior mascaras take a few applications to “prime” the brush. Or in other words, it takes a week or so to apply quickly and have enough in the grooves of the brush to dip, swipe and go. Because Buxom is a thinner formula (in a good way) it applies quickly and easily the first time.

Length vs. Volume: This is where the real difference comes in. Hands down, Buxom lengthens and separates giving beautiful, catlike lashes and Dior is there to thicken and volumize. Does either mascara let you down in the other category? Nope, they just have their little advantages here and there.

Cost: Dior is more expensive than Buxom. At $28.50 a tube, it’s an expensive mascara. Buxom comes in at $22.

Overall: This is a toss-up! I’m going to keep Buxom in my drawer because I think it could be great for holiday parties!! Dior, for now, will stay as my everyday product.

Click the links below to buy either mascara from Sephora. While this post is not sponsored, your purchase will earn 2% for Everyday Lipstick, allowing me to keep testing products and bringing you the best in beauty!  xo

Buxom Aplified Lash

Dior Extase

Ultimate Gift List

It’s the holiday season! And I LOVE shopping for, wrapping and (most of all) giving presents. I’ve already been shopping for everyone on my list and since some of those people are likely reading this, I’m not going to give away any hints. However, I have complied some great ideas for the beauty product lover (or anyone!) in your life!

For wine lovers

How gorgeous is this bottle of Bordeaux Lust nail polish? $30 Click here to find it from Neiman Marcus. Combine it with an incredibly classy, vintage-looking wine case. Perfect for parties, picnics or anytime! The case even comes with a stainless steel corkscrew.

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For the friend who needs a humorous boost of encouragement

Keep Calm survival kit from Urban Outfitters for only $8! Those band aids are awesome!

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Or, for a luxe option, check out the Philosophy Care Package. For $89 it includes their Purity wash (excellent, mild face soap, love that stuff) plus the exfoliating wash, moisturizer (which is great as well) and two peels.

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For the scent-obsessed (and the hard-to-buy-for)

If you haven’t tried any of the Fresh Brown Sugar products, you’re missing out. The scent almost has a cult following. It’s crisp, sweet, mild, warm and energizing all at the same time. There’s now a candle that encompasses the amazing scent and it makes the perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for person. Whether it’s your mother-in-law or some great friends you love to go out to dinner with, they are sure to love this candle. There’s also a trio of mini candles you can find here.

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For the beauty product crazy person

This gift is for those who just freaking love beauty products. The basic brush set from Bobbi Brown is available here for $175 and will change the way make-up enthusiasts apply their favorite products. Find the travel brush set here for $125.

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3 ideas for stocking stuffers

1. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm for $22.50.

2. Edgy Deborah Lipman nail polish trio for $29.00.

3. And something completely different. These “Love” earrings from Urban Outfitters for only $10.

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