Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Maple and Mint is now Style Update Blog

Dear friends and family of Maple and Mint,

Maple and Mint has been re-branded and is now Style Update Blog! If you would, please visit www.styleupdateblog.com for continued and new/improved content, and to listen to Style Update Podcast every Wednesdays! Thank you for your continued support.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

3 Red Lip Products to try this holiday season

                                 Nars in Red Lizard

  YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in Black Red Code (8)

Sorry for the poor quality of this last picture! This is my newest one so I haven't taken any blog pics wearing it yet.

 Red lips - perfect for the holidays, sometimes tricky to wear, and even trickier to apply. I've reviewed three red lip products to help you decide which one you want to try this holiday season. 

This liquid matte lip stain is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s. It is highly pigmented and velvety soft. It's not sticky, it's hydrating, and the color is INSANE. It's a super rich, deep red that screams holiday party. It's got a doe foot applicator and is unscented. It's incredibly creamy. There will be some transfer but you can get a few hours of wear with one coat. You can also try to set it by blotting with a tissue. To prevent feathering I recommend using a lip liner. Downside of this stain, I find it hard to apply. You have to be careful because it is so pigmented and it will feather immediately without liner. ($38)

 This is a creamy matte lipstick that is definitely less pigmented in comparison the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro. It looks more pink than red next to Lip Maestro (see swatch below.) I usually put on more than one coat to get the deep red color that I desire and also use lip liner to prevent feathering. Again, there will be transfer (I kissed my fiance's cheek during our holiday card shoot wearing this lipstick and he had a big red lipstick mark on his face!) Downside: needing to apply multiple coats. ($28)

This is my newest lip stain and is more of a burgundy or wine color on the swatch, but depending on how bright the lighting is it looks more wine colored or more red on my lips, if that makes sense lol. It doesn't feather without lip liner and I find it to be very easy to apply because of the angled applicator. It's matte and ultra pigmented for a very rich beautiful stain. The applicator is a huge plus for me, I don't have the steadiest hand when applying stains and this makes it super easy and basically error free. The formula is non drying but I put it on dry lips and it didn't hydrate them. ($36)

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I would say the Giorgio Armani and YSL packaging feels more luxe than the NARS lipstick. 

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