"It's the most wonderful time of the year" and I don’t know about you but I'm excited to see the look on my family’s faces as they tear open their gifts on Christmas morning. Although the holidays are not just about what you get and spend it never hurts to bring a little makeup joy to those who love it so here are a couple cute sets that are sure to beautify lips all year long.
I am a huge fan of Stila’s Liquid Lipsticks because the pigmentation is vivid, full-coverage and downright amazing! These babies glide on totally opaque and extremely rich and vibrant in just one simple swipe for glam show-stopping effects. The formula is an impressive lipstick-lacquer hybrid that enhances your pout and satisfies your color craving with luscious hues.
The pigments initially apply very creamy with a hint of shine but dry completely matte and provide hours of wear. I recently wore the classic red hue called Beso to the Toronto Food & Wine Expo and put it to the test while sampling many delicious dishes. The color held up very well and when I left the festival I only had mild fading which I simply topped with clear gloss to redistribute the color without needing to reapply! The infusion of avocado oil does provide some comfort but I find it best to apply a lip primer for extra hydration as the matte finish isn't moist. The set retails for $26.00 and makes a great gift on its own or slipped into a stocking.
Fusion Beauty has released an adorable Mighty Mini Plump + Shine Lipstick Set with tubes as small as my pinky finger in an assortment of shades from nude, pink, bright red and burgundy. Unlike the Stila hues above these lipsticks are on the tame side with sheer, glistening color and a lightweight texture that restores lipids to lock in moisture.
If you want something a bit more exciting than plain old lip balm these provide a hint of pretty color and a dose of hydration for dry lips. The tubes are tiny enough to fit into the smallest of purses or pockets and are formulated with shea butter and organic green coffee to protect against UV and increase collagen for fuller looking lips. With a gift like this you don’t have to second guess which color to buy because the set comes with five versatile shades. You can pick it up for $45.00.
Stila and Fusion Beauty are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and murale.ca
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