Summer Shades

I’m a pink lips kinda girl. I’m not much for the reds, nudes, or corals. True pinks and the occasional bold (and I mean, bold) color are my jam. I struggled with lipstick for a long time because I always felt overdone, my lips dried out, and it only looked good for about 10 minutes. It wasn’t until the last two years or so that I really started to enjoy the process of looking for a shade that I like and then actually wearing it!

I have a few that I rotate between on most “lipstick days”. They don’t dry out my lips, don’t make me feel like I’m headed off to prom, and last long enough that I’m not constantly thinking about needed to touch up.

First up is Blushing Pout. I love this color. It’s the perfect matte lip that doesn’t make me look, well, dead. It’s pink enough that it adds some color to my face but the matte helps it to look understated. This is my jeans and a tee shirt lipstick. When I’m running around or if I just need a little pick-me-up to my look, I go for this one. 

This Urban Decay lipstick might be my favorite from the bunch. Might. For literal years, I used the same tinted balm that looked exactly like this, but have had trouble finding it lately. I was so excited when I was able to find a moisturizing, long-lasting, and perfectly pink lipstick that feels like anything but a lipstick. It glides right on and is sheer enough that I could wear it with workout clothes and not feel like a clown.
The Bite Pencil’s were just a lucky find. I’ve loved Bite Beauty for awhile now, so I always check their little section at Sephora. I was in the mood for a new, fun lip color, so I pulled the Velvet pencil out of the display and tried it on. One swipe and I knew it was a winner. It goes on smooth and is highly pigmented. 
The Violet one was a total shot in the dark. I knew I wanted Velvet, so I thought I’d try something really outside the box for me – bright lavender lipstick. I love this color for days when I’m feeling particularly adventurous. Plus, these pencils are so long-lasting. I wore just one application of this color for about 5 hours one day, through eating lunch, and didn’t have to re-touch. It’s magic, I tell you.
Do you tend towards the brighter colors, or stick to the neutrals?

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  1. 7.13.16

    Gorgeous girl! That lipstick looks great on you!

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  2. 7.13.16
    Kristin said:

    What mascara do you use?

    • 7.13.16
      Amber said:

      She has the link to the mascara below the last picture, where it says "shop this post." Hope that helps!

  3. 7.13.16

    I love the look of these shades! I tend towards either berry colors or nudes myself! Currently loving Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang from the Sephora birthday gift this year! 🙂

  4. 7.13.16
    Amber said:

    Great colors! I could never pull off the last two, but I am certainly interested in the first two! The link before the picture for the UD doesn't work. I was able to get the link from the first picture of all the swatches, but just wanted to let you know that the one near the picture wasn't working for me.

  5. 7.13.16

    These are all gorgeous! I wish I could pull off the violet one.

    • 7.14.16

      Thanks, Emily! You might be able to – I would've never guessed until I tried it on 🙂

  6. 7.14.16
    Heather said:

    Tell me about lip liner por favor! I'm super pale and always felt over done wearing lipstick vs gloss. A big part of this was the contrast with my pale skin but other worries were smeared bleedy color all over my face and I didn't like that my top lip isn't symmetrical. Lip liner has helped but I'm still a newbie. I've heard recommendactions to match your liner to your lips not your lipstick but that changes some lipstick pretty drastically. Getting a different liner for each lipstick seems expensive and impractical. I haven't tried the clear liners, have you?

    • 7.14.16

      I don't use lip liner! I haven't had an issue with any of these bleeding, so I don't see the need.

  7. 7.14.16

    Summer is here and summer is season of colors. I love all the shades here specially your lipstick. This post is perfect for the summers. I also have a best shades collection of rose gold clutches.

  8. 7.15.16

    thanks for the info, so fun and INEXPENSIVE! Have a great weekend.

  9. 7.18.16
    EKReal said:

    I love the violet! Do you use anything to keep your lips from drying out?