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Quick post while at the Skytrain. Picked up OCC Lip Tar in Queen at Sephora a couple weeks ago. It comes with a lip brush! Yay application just got a lot more convenient. Anyway the colour is a bright fuchsia which I like wearing with minimal war paint. It's a bit sticky on the lips at first but dries down nicely into a matte finish. Only needed two tiny drops to fill in my lips.

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To go along with my orange manicure, I decided to go bright orange lips. My loudest orange is cult favourite Morange by MAC Cosmetics. It’s an extremely pigmented neutral orange with a cream finish, slightly glossy. One swipe and I’m usually good to go for the rest of the day. Morange is such a statement colour that it demands the rest of your face be almost bare. For me, I did a wash of gold in the lids and liquid eyeliner. No blush, no foundation.

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Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi

taken in natural light

While a part of me is loath to admit that I bought something Kardashian, I have to admit that this Nicole by OPI nailpolish is one of the prettiest shades of red that I’ve ever bought. Kourt Is Red-y For A Pedi is a perfect shade of orange-red that is inspired by her signature lipstick, YSL’s Le Orange. The colour is so bright and cheerful on my nails that I can’t help but feel happy when I see it. (Which was needed this week considering how gloomy the weather was.)

What you see here is two coats without a base or top coat (I’ve been lazy lately) and 4 days worth of wear. I have to say I’m pretty impressed with this polish. This required only two thin coats to get the colour opaque and even. I’m used to three coats and sometimes even four! I also love how well the colour held up. My tips show wear but not nearly as much as I’d expect considering how it looks.

I was curious to see how close the colour resembled YSL’s Le Orange so I took a picture.

Kourt Is Red-y For A Pedi with Le Orange

Yup, pretty close match.

The colour also reminded me of another orange-red lipstick, MAC’s Lady Danger.

Kourt Is Red-y For A Pedi with Lady Danger

Another pretty close match

Kourt Is Red-y For A Pedi was a wonderful match for both lipsticks. Considering Lady Danger is one of my all-time favourite lipsticks, I suddenly understood why I am so into this nailpolish as well as YSL’s Le Orange. And just for fun, here’s a picture of me wearing Lady Danger and Le Orange. Can you tell which is which?

Lady Danger and Le Orange

MAC's Lady Danger on my top lip, YSL's Le Orange on my bottom lip

Rouge Volupte in Red Muse

I recently bought YSL’s Rouge Volupte lipstick in Red Muse (17). While I’m definitely a Lipstick Queen Red Sinner fan, I had to admit that I just may love this shade of red a little bit more.

I first heard about this shade on XOJane and have been meaning to pick up a tube ever since. But it’s only just this month that Metrotown’s Sephora started carrying YSL. (Previously, I had to go downtown to the Pacific Centre location. Which meant I never went because I’m lazy.)

Red Muse is a pinker red than Red Sinner although both shades are quite similar: a bright neutral red. This is one of those shades which really perks up my entire face and makes me feel pretty. Like I’m a fairytale version of myself.

Red Muse is also not a matte but a cream. No shimmer but definitely a sheen. The cream formula here is awesome. It glides on smoothly like a lip balm. The pigment is not only rich but applies evenly. And it’s not drying at all. The lipstick is slick and even almost feels moisturizing. And it stays. I applied at 7:30am, hastily reapplied at 2:30pm and didn’t bother looking in the mirror again until 6:30pm when I got home. The sheen had left my lips but the colour was definitely still there.

Red Muse

Picture taken in natural light. Reapplied at 6:30pm without a lipliner (which I sorely needed)

When I was a little girl, I loved colouring. Aside from drawing, it was my favourite activity. Whenever I get a fresh Crayola box, I relished in the dozens of colours I had at my disposal. While other students loved their gold and silver crayons, I always on the hunt for the truest blue, the truest green and most of all, the truest red colour for all the hearts I loved to draw.

Much like my beloved red Crayola crayon, my Lipstick Queen Red Sinner is the truest red I have. It’s a true neutral red that doesn’t lean too orange, blue or pink. This shade of red is one of the few doesn’t make my lips look like small old cat lady lips. Instead, my lips look plump and juicy.

Red Sinner is perfect for those times you want to do a pinup girl look with painted red lips. I also like Red Sinner for classic evening looks (on the odds times I don’t want to go with dramatic eyes).

Red Sinner is among my favourite red lipsticks along with MAC’s Lady Danger and YSL’s Le Orange, both of which are orange reds. I also am quite into Laura Mercier’s Scarlet lip stain. Of course, my search for the the Holy Grail of red lipsticks never ends so I’ve also got my eye on YSL’s Red Muse and Besame Red.

A shade or so less bright than what we see here. Applied straight from the tube although I know I should have used a brush as my application looks a bit crooked.

Over the last year or two, I’ve developed an acute affinity for lipsticks. And not just your boring MAC Hug Me lipsticks (although I do love those too!) but BRIGHT and MATTE lipsticks. Enter: Lipstick Queen by Poppy King. Her Sinner line of lipsticks is everything this lipstick freak could ever ask for. (Namely, bright and matte.)

Last month, I purchased Rose Sinner off ebeauty.ca looking for a deeper everyday lipstick to wear on the days I wanted to call a bit more attention my lips without going so far as red. Rose Sinner surprised me when I opened it for the first time. It’s a lot darker than online swatches lead me to believe. It’s definitely a berry colour that hovers near pink-red. It’s definitely a lot deeper than I was looking for.

Thus far, I haven’t gotten much use out of Rose Sinner. It’s a bit too bright for daytime but not bright enough for nighttime. I’m thinking I should just suck it up and road test it around at work to see how I feel about it.

The colour is less fuchsia in real life and more berry. Applied straight from the tube.

I reviewed Lipstick Queen’s Sinner formula in my previous review for Pink Sinner here.

Are you familiar with Lipstick Queen? It’s a cult favourite amongst make-up whores such as myself. Developed by Poppy King who was frustrated with her unsuccessful search for the perfect lipstick, she just went and made her own.

As far as I know, there aren’t many places you can find it locally. It used to be available Holt Renfrew but that was a long time ago. These days, I get my Lipstick Queen fix at ebeauty.ca, a Canadian run online beauty store with lots of other hard to find labels like Becca and Kevyn Aucoin.

My favourite Lipstick Queen lipstick is Pink Sinner from their Sinner line of lipsticks. Pink Sinner is a very matte lipstick with zero shimmer or shine. The colour is a light neutral pink. Note: this does not mean baby pink like Nars Turkish Delight. Because the texture is slightly dry, I prefer to prime my lipsticks with a dab of Smith’s Rosebud Salve before apply. The colour really hugs the lips and stays on for quite a while, lasting through a cup of coffee and another cup of tea and most of my Wendy’s JBC.

I find myself wearing this practically everyday to work. It’s a good daytime neutral that doesn’t call a lot of attention to itself. It’s pretty and finishes off your five minute face in the morning so you look pulled together (oh how little do they know). I also love this lipstick with soft smokey eyes.

Pink Sinner on Lips

This is a bit brighter in photos whereas in real life it's a lot more muted. Applied straight from the tube.