15 April 12 • MAV

I have not posted about makeup in a long, long time. With spring arriving I am now back in the mood (just over three years later). I realize it’s completely superficial and indulgent but what can I say? It’s fun and sometimes a little tube of lipstick or lip balm can really cheer you up! So, Grandma A., this one’s for you! I love you and miss you so so much!

Here are my favorite colors/products right now for lips:

Above: Yves Saint Laurent Crème De Blush ~ Velvety Peach
Technically this is for cheeks, and I do use it that way and think it’s fabulously natural-looking and soft, but I also think it makes a great light lip color. I find that it lasts forever as well and therefore is well worth the high price which was a bit hard for me to swallow at first!

Above: Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy ~ Dewy Papaya
While on the topic of YSL, I’ve really gotten into their “glossy balm.” This lipstick has just the right hint of color and some nice shine. It also has some kind of mix of antioxidants and vitamins which make the lips feel hydrated. I love the way this one feels going on. Again, my tube is very long-lasting which makes me very happy! Our girl Evan (who works hard to get all of those copies of 3191 Quarterly out to you each season) uses the Tangy Mandarine; it’s so gorgeous on brunettes.

Above: Make Up For Ever Rogue Artist Natural ~ N34
This is a really nice nourishing lipstick at a happy price. They have so many wonderful colors and this N34 is my dream color. It’s very close to the color of my lips but just with that little extra pop. Perfection!

Above: Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm
What a treat this is! I got this as a birthday gift in December (thanks, Hils) and have been savoring it. The smell is lovely, the little shimmer is perfect and you know you’re doing something good for your lips. If you only have the budget for one lip balm or lipstick all year (I budget in one each season) I would say get this one. It’s amazing and makes you feel so good.

Above: Nuxe Lip Moisturizing Stick
I picked this up while I was in Portland, OR a few weeks back and it’s nearly gone! This brand is new to me and I absolutely love it. With ingredients like honey, shea butter and macadamia nut oil how can you go wrong?