the easiest way to do glossy lids

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Glossy lids have been a trend for a little while, with new eye gloss products popping up promising to give you the slickest lids without any mess. But as I surveyed my extensive collection of eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes, I couldn’t yet bite the bullet on one. Instead I found what has to be the easiest hack to get the glossy look: lip balm. Take a tiny bit on the tip of your finger and dab it (don’t swipe) over any regular eyeshadow. I particularly love this look with a bronze or peach shadow (this LORAC palette is a forever favorite) but the beauty of it is that you can use any powder eyeshadow you have, or even use it on its own. The rosebud salve gives super wet-look glossiness but doesn’t feel sticky or uncomfortable. It creases the tiniest bit – there’s no getting around that with this look – and will wear off slightly throughout the day, nothing that can’t be fixed with another dab of balm.

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7 red lipsticks I love

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After over one year of never not having red nail polish, I’m giving my nails a break and a chance to recover from at least 24 gel manicures (more on that in another post). I’m so used to that pop of red that I’ve found myself reaching instead for red lipstick most days. These are my favorites from a very extensive collection. Tony from Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys collection is the darkest of the bunch but still a very true, cool-toned red. Wander Beauty’s Parisian Red is the easiest way to wear a red lip — it’s a more sheer, buildable color and the most comfortable formula. The YSL 1 Le Rouge is a classic red with a satin finish, my preference. The mini Marc Jacobs was a Sephora VIB exclusive at one point but the formula is the same as this one. My drugstore pick is L’Oreal’s Blake’s Red, another classic shade. The only liquid lipstick I’ve tried and loved is this Stila Stay All Day! The mini above in shade Beso is available as a 100 point reward at Sephora right now. And lastly, a beautiful orangey red is Charlotte Tilbury’s Tell Laura from the Hot Lips collection. Clearly I can’t have enough red lipsticks so if I’m missing your favorite, let me know below!

flawless in a flash

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As a self-proclaimed product junkie, it took me a while to commit to a skincare routine. I was always trying this or that moisturizer, mask, serum, you name it. While my Sephora VIB status benefited, my skin did not. Have I learned my lesson? Sort of. Now I love switching up my makeup instead! After how much I loved the Clarins skincare (it’s cemented in my winter routine), I gladly accepted the offer to play with some of their makeup. The products are designed to apply quickly and make it easy to get a natural makeup look.

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The Instant Light Brush-On Perfector is key to looking bright-eyed after a short night’s sleep. It’s subtle yet effective and is made with oat sugars that tighten to reduce signs of fatigue. I brush on a light layer in an inverted triangle shape and blend it in with my makeup sponge. The Face Contouring Palette is going to be amazing to travel with. I usually see palettes with a contour and highlight so it’s ultra convenient that this one also includes a blush. The powders are really easy to blend and have just the right amount of pigment.

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What wowed me the most was the 4-colour All-in-One Pen. The packaging reminded me of my old gel pens with a bunch of different ink colors, albeit much better quality. It has a black, brown and blue eyeliner and a beige lip liner, all with a creamy formula that doesn’t pull the skin. I like to draw the black liner on my top lashline from the outer corner about halfway across, then smudge it a little with an angled brush. A few coats of the Supra Volume Mascara add a lot of volume without clumping or transferring. Then it’s just a swipe of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector to complete the look — 06 is a pretty neutral that’s earned a spot in my everyday bag. It has a tint of color, the ideal creamy-glossy consistency and a subtle vanilla scent that I love.

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This post is sponsored by Clarins. As always, all reviews and opinions are my own.