Classic American Red Lips

I think the best way to complete your All-American look, is to reach for a fire engine red lipstick.

I know that the search for one is pretty daunting on your own, so here are a few of my favorites:

Clockwise from the top || MAC “Feel So Grand”; Anastasia Beverly Hills “American Doll”; Coloured Raine “Cherry Blossom”; Two Faced “Lady Balls”; MAC “Ruby Woo”

  • MAC “Feel So Grand” – liquid lipsticks are my jam and when MAC came out with their own, I had to give them a try. MAC was one of the first companies to come out with stand-out, stellar reds, so I knew this one would be good. It’s a bright red, not too blue not too orange, and very long wearing. Be sure to exfoliate and moisturize before hand because this formula is pretty drying. Find it here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills “American Doll” – the name alone could be why I picked this color – but this truly is one of my favorite red lipsticks and I think the Anastasia Beverly Hills formula and their applicator make her line of liquid lipsticks my ultimate liquid lipstick crack. It’s a deep, but bright blue-red with a smooth even formula that’s long-wearing. Find it here
  • Coloured Raine “Cherry Blossom” – THIS RED Y’ALL!!! It’s a beautiful deep cherry red color that’s perfect for any skin type, which is exactly what the founder of this company wanted, and she hit the blue-based red color and the longwearing, non-drying formula right on the head. Find it here
  • Two Faced “Lady Balls” – It’s always a little scary when one of your favorite makeup brands jumps on a makeup trend bandwagon, because you hope that their formula doesn’t suck and make you regret your purchase. But Two Faced did a GREAT job on their liquid lipsticks, and their red is a classic true matte red. This formula is a smidge drying, so remember to exfoliate and lightly moisturize before applying. Find Lady Balls here
  • MAC “Ruby Woo” – Last but not least, an oldie but a goodie – the OG CLASSIC RED LIPSTICK – Ruby Woo by MAC. This isn’t a liquid lipstick, this is your classic retro matte MAC formula, it’s pretty drying and I highly recommend a lip pencil to line your lips first (like Brick or Cherry by MAC) to enhance the shape and give the color a nice outline of where to go, but this color is highly universal and looks beautiful on every skin tone I’ve seen it on. Find it here

Not everyone is comfortable with a red lip, but I say push past your comfort zones and never give up on finding the right red shade for you, because nothing can make you feel like a boss a$$ b!tch like beautifully painted red lips.

xoxo

The Glam Greek

Baegas Haul

While I’m not much of the casino-gamble-all-my-money-away-kinda-girl, Las Vegas entices me to lose money in other ways. The Forum Shops at Caesars are MY personal favorite place to be on the Strip. They have everything for every price range. Wanna throw a G on a Louis Vuitton bag after too many cocktails? The Palace gotchu. Wanna throw down a few hunnits on some makeup because you’re addicted and admitting you have a problem is the first step but you don’t want to admit it yet? The Palace where it’s at. Only have a few bucks and want a cute choker to go with your outfit for Tao tonight? The Palace got that too, boo.

Makeup shopping in the western United States is so much better than here in Texas. Nothing beats L.A. (next on my bucket list), but Las Vegas has a MAC Pro, free standing Nars, a large Sephora (you can never go wrong with the mothership), Inglot, and probably a couple of others that I’m missing, regardless, I can lose my way into the abyss of makeup shopping.

The mothership calls me wherever I go…

Even though I practically own all of the pro store, I needed to stock up on a Light Boost and a Radiant Rose. I can’t remember the last time I purchased a MAC collection… but when I arrived at MAC Pro LV, MAC’s Work it Out collection had just come out. And as per usual (sorry, MAC) I walked right on by. But since I had been having a little drinkies, the MAC artist that had greeted me, quickly talked me into the lavnder and rose scented Fix +’s.

Even though I didn’t like the fact that they only have travel sizes (which I’m assuming was the idea behind Work it Out – sweat proof makeup essentials to throw in your gym bag to enhance your post work out glow..) I still snagged a couple for my collection. **note – travel size MAC containers are NOT eligible for B2m**

I controlled myself fairly well considering I had the candy shop at my finger tips. And being early Sunday afternoon, there weren’t a ton of people there.. but I had my eye on the prize.

I already own a ridiculous amount of MAC products, Sephora has brands on brands on brands, on products on products on products; and I need to expand my horizons.

After the Stila Metallic Foil eye shadows came out a few summers ago, they’re pretty much all I need and use to add the PERFECT pop of glitz I need in a look. So naturally, when Stila came out with their new Metallic Glitter liquid eyeshadows, I had to snag a few for myself.

I actually restrained myself and ONLY picked up 4…

L – R : Kitten Karma, Gold Goddess, Smoky Storm, Retro Rose Gold

Then I made my way around and grabbed a couple of powder products. A Sephora Collection blush in “Sweet on You” I received as a sample last year, the perfect summer cheek color, so I finally picked it up in full size. A new bake powder from Kat Von D, a powder foundation from Sephora collection, for science. And of course… a highlighter.

Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter – Transcendence

Applied with finger – subtle. Spray Fix + to hear angels sing

Being a Libra, I’m all about balance. With powder products and eye products already in my bag, I had to pick up some face and liquid products to try out. I’m obsessed with lightweight, natural finish foundations lately because, I can be! I’d had acne for such a long time, nothing besides medium to heavy coverage would cut it for me. I’ve been loving the UD Naked concealer for a while, so I went ahead and picked up the foundation. Seeing that I was on vacation, I also picked up 2 travel sizes of my favorite primer and setting sprays OF ALL TIME! And a lip creme from Marc Jacobs to try… again, for science!

Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme – Fawn Over Me

After this HUGE haul, Bae and I grabbed a taxi and headed to the airport very makeup and cocktail drunk! 🙁 Anytime a vacation involves having enough leftover coins to spend on some new makeup goodies, is a dream vacation for me.

Until next haul…

xoxo
The Glam Greek

Classic V-Day Glam

So what kind of makeup does one wear with neutrals? Well… I could’ve done a thick wing with neutral/nude lips and done a whole Brigitte Bardot thing considering I took a lot of inspiration from Parisian glam for my outfit (post here) but it’s Valentine’s Day! A red lip would be inappropriate NOT to wear!! (unless red lips are like, your one bugaboo)

A classic glam winged eye look used to be my THING!! I wanted to bring back pin-up glam without doing the total rockabilly thing. Then I realized that you don’t have to do a wing for every. single. makeup look always. When I DO wing it out like this, man, it brings back all the memories.

EYES

Brows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Chocolate
Studio Finish Concealer in NC 35 to clean up

MAC Paintpot in Soft Ochre to prep lids
MAC Soft Brown, Make-up Geek Latte & MAC Handwritten in the crease
MAC Prolongwear concealer in NC 30 to cut the crease a bit
MAC Prolongwear eyeshadow in Carefree on the lid
(tried that whole glitter along the crease look… needs practice…)
Lit Cosmetics glitter in Champagne Wishes (because V-Day… duh)
NYX Matte Liquid Liner
House of Lashes ‘Siren’ falsies

FACE

1 pump Nars Sheer Glow foundation in Barcelona 1 pump MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC40
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque + Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm under the eyes
Chanel Translucent Powder under the eyes & highlight points, set for few minutes to bake
Nars Pressed Powder in Beach all over the face
Kat Von D Shade + Light palette (all 3 contouring shades) to bronze/shape the face & nose
Nars Deep Throat blush on the cheeks
Make Up Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ‘1 – Golden’ to highlight

LIPS : Limecrime Metallic Velvetine in Red Hot from the True Love Bundle

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day – and smooch A LOT! Even if it’s just with your puppy. Or yourself. I believe in you <3

xoxo
The Glam Greek

The Most Elusive Lipstick in America

Let me tell you what sparked my “The Glam Greek Reports” – I spent literally TWO days obsessed over finding Dusty Rose by Anastasia Beverly Hills from their Fall collection of liquid lipsticks. And I was so determined to find it that I traveled to two different malls and then called literally- and I mean literally in it’s literal sense – called ALL the malls within the “Houston” area that had a Macy’s with an Impulse Beauty department. That’s about 10 malls, y’all.

And then I was reading about the refugees and realized I was obsessing over something so small and trivial.. but that’s neither here nor there for this post, please read the previous for my thoughts on that.

I called TEN different malls, and if the mall in Pasadena had it, I was willing to drive ALL THE WAY OUT TO PASADENA from Cypress to pick up Dusty Rose. I’m telling you, once I get something in my head that I have to have, I won’t rest until I have it.

ABH Dusty Rose

Unfortunately I was not able to find it anywhere! So I started stalking the Anastasia Beverly Hills Instagram page, as well as Norvina’s (ABH daughter) and this one called Trend Mood 1 that always posts updates for launches and restocks, to see if they would post any information! I can’t lie, I was also harassing a bit too, posting on almost all the new uploads, “Hey! when is Dusty Rose coming back in stock!?” But then I would sit and read through comments and apparently it never launched on their site, which started to make sense because I did buy all of their fall collection, but never saw a Dusty Rose. So I started to get a little angry!

It must’ve been a Labor Day miracle though, because this morning, during my morning Instagram scroll, Trend Mood announced that Dusty Rose and the illuminators were in stock! So naturally, I made my order. Dusty Rose has found a new home and can now join the rest of her brothers and sisters in the ABH Fall Collection <3

Did anyone else have such a hard time finding this lipstick in particular?

xoxo

Stratigista, the Glam Greek