Your Lips but Better: Six Perfect Nude Lip Colors

A swipe of nude lipstick is arguably one of the quickest ways to look slightly more put together. When done right, nude lipsticks offer that your-lips-but-better look that appears entirely natural (just slightly enhanced). However, if you choose a shade that’s too dark, too light or the wrong undertone, you can end up looking washed out (or like a zombie).  I rounded up six of the best nude lipsticks in every finish and for all budgets.

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Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Bare

This is one of my favorite nude lip colors. It has the look of a blotted down, almost stain like lipstick, but feels like a balm. While it’s more opaque than some of the other lipsticks on the list, it makes you look (and feel!) more put together without feeling over-the-top.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria

I’ve talked about this lipstick approximately one million times, but for good reason.  Of all the lipsticks on the list, Very Victoria is my go-to, my-lips-but-better shade. It’s a soft, medium-dark rosy brown with subtle, warm-to-neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. I tend to wear it slightly more on the sheer side, but it can be applied so it’s opaque. It lasts for about four hours for me before I end up needing a touch-up, but I haven’t found it to be clingy or drying. It’s pricy but worth every penny IMO.

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Chanel Rouge Coco Flash in Chicness

My friend and aesthetician Jennifer loves Chanel makeup. After showing me some of her eyeshadow palettes, I found myself doing some mindless online window shopping (you know, where you don’t really intend to purchase anything but you look anyway) and decided to mosey my way onto the Chanel website where I found this product and knew I needed to buy it. A few days later, I serendipitously found myself at a Nordstrom with a Chanel counter and decided that it was meant to be. Probably the least opaque of all the products on the list, this transforms into an oil once applied on the lips and offers just the faintest hint of pinkish-brown.

KKW Nude Creme Lipstick in 3.5

While I love the color of this lipstick, I find that it’s a little too opaque for me. To remedy that,  I either a) blot it with a tissue after applying it or b) apply it with a lipstick brush or my finger for a more diffused look. Either of those methods gives me more of the look that I’m going for (which is my lips but better). Unfortunate side note: this lipstick smells absolutely disgusting. Do you remember the lipsticks you would play with as a child? It’s like that—or like it came from Dollar General. It’s pretty, I like the color and I appreciate the modern, avant-garde packaging, but I’m pretty certain that it probably contains lead or asbestos or something.

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Glossier Generation G in Cake

This was one of the first lip colors that I ever started wearing regularly. The matte formula is buildable, but upon first swipe, it’s like “am I wearing lipstick or was I born like this?” They’ll never know! I’m not a huge fan of the scent (if you haven’t figured out by now, I am really sensitive to smells), but I can tolerate this because the formula is so good.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Cookie

The least expensive product on the list, this lipstick can hold it’s own amongst the boujier, more glamorous products.  A matte, warm pink-y brown nude, this product offers insane pigmentation with just one swipe. It’s matte, but still feels comfortable on the lips due to moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and Vitamin E.

TL;DR

Finding the perfect nude lipstick is hard—but it doesn’t have to be! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, or if you have any other go-to’s that I didn’t include on my list.

March Favorites

Is it just me or do the first few months of a new year normally kinda suck?

Tbh, 2019 is kicking my ass. 2018 was such a magical year for me and 2019 feels like that scene from Hot Rod where he’s falling down the hill and just keeps falling and falling and running into shit and falling some more.

With that being said, it is officially spring, the snow has melted, the sun has started to shine and it no longer gets dark at 4 p.m., so we’re pushing through and staying positive.

Here are all the things I loved in March, in no particular order.

Mules

I love mules. When I was little kid I always used to slip my shoes on and off versus taking the time to tie and untie them which drove my parents insane and was constantly the reason for comments like, “you are so lazy.” Guess what, dad? Slip on shoes and shoes with no backs are all the rage now, so who is the real winner here? Lazy people everywhere.

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I got this pair of mules at Target as an impulse purchase (like basically everything I buy at Target) and I am obsessed. At first I was kind of on the fence and considered taking them back, but I think they’re so cute and springy. I sized up a half size in these so I could have a little more room.

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Despite the fact that I keep telling myself I’m going to spend less money, I can’t stop shopping. I went to DSW on a whim on day and found these adorable mules. They run a little small so I went up a size, but I love them. I like that they go with everything and are super comfortable. I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but DSW is having a sale right now, so now is the time to get some shoes if you’re in the market.

Jumpsuits

I don’t really branch out much when it comes to fashion. I like what I like which is typically all black (and like the same 5-6 outfits on repeat). BUT I’ve been going to the gym and taking better care of myself and feeling a lot more confident. I decided to step waaay out of my comfort zone and buy this polka dot jumpsuit from Torrid and I am so glad that I did.

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I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything but toot toot, a bitch is feeling saucy.

Microneedling

I wrote an entire blog post dedicated to my love of microneedling and Jennifer Edwards at Aesthetic MedSpa but its worth repeating.

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Microneedling has done more than change my skin, it has changed my entire life. I started wearing foundation when I was probably 12-13 and in the years since I have not gone without makeup in front of anyone other than my family. Microneedling has cleared so much of my acne scarring that I have gone makeup free in front of my boyfriend (ex-boyfriend? Friend? Not sure what to call him at this point) AND TO WORK. WHAT?! Life changing. I am obsessed.

Snail Mucin

I have started taking skin care much more seriously after I decided to take the plunge with microneedling. I probably shouldn’t share all my secrets on the internet, but for a really long time I didn’t even wash my makeup off at night. I know that that is both super gross and terrible for your skin, but I just couldn’t be bothered. Now I can’t sleep unless I’ve washed my face and done my skincare routine which, as of recently, involves Cosrx Snail Mucin.

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I’ve tried a million things for the sake of beauty and am fascinated by how plants and weird animal by-products can impact your skin. I use this after washing my face and before using moisturizer and I notice that my skin is a lot smoother. I also want to say it’s helping fade my acne scarring even further? That could still be the microneedling, though.

Morphe Bronzer

I buy too much makeup. Let’s just get that out of the way. My coworker Jess is always making fun of me for shopping too much and spending too much money and, yes, she has a point but also YOLO.

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I picked up this Morphe Bronzer on a whim because I liked the packaging (lololol). Normally, Morphe uses the same black, plastic packaging on all their products but this beautiful red and gold cardboard really stood out to me and when I swatched it, I knew I had to have it. I purchased two of them in the light and medium shades and it is arguably one of the best, most buttery bronzers I have ever used. It’s amazing, you get a ton of product AND it’s only $20.

A bonus is that it’s a great dupe for the Marc Jacobs bronzer that retails for $70. Shop smarter, friends!

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette

I know you won’t be able to believe it, but I impulsively bought this at Ulta one day. I went in to get the new It Cosmetics foundation, which they didn’t have yet at my Ulta, and ended up walking out with this highlighter palette that I absolutely did not need.

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I have purchased a lot of highlighters and I have to say that this is one of my favorites. I was surprised because I never hear anyone mention these palettes, but it is amazing. It is super pigmented, shiny without being glittery and can be built up to a blinding glow. I purchased the shade Get It Glowin’ which is the gold palette, but there is also a rose gold palette and a lighter, more white palette.

Milk Makeup Lip Balm

It doesn’t matter who you are, you need lip balm. I don’t really wear lipstick because I always think it looks weird on me, but I always have to have lip balm on me at all times. I’m a sucker for trying new things and the Kush lip balm got my attention so I tried it.

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I got the shade Green Dragon and despite the fact that it’s green, it doesn’t come off as green on your lips. It’s $16 which is crazy expensive for a chapstick, but it’s super hydrating and overall it does a nice job.  

Reunions + good brows

When I first started getting my eyebrows done I was a student at MSU and I would go to the Ulta in Okemos (at that point in time it was the only Ulta) and get my brows done. At first I got them done by Alex Garza (yes, the now-famous YouTuber) but one day she wasn’t available for some reason and I had my brows done by Riley. Riley is, to this day, the best person who has ever done my eyebrows. She always explained the process to me and did an impeccable job of shaping them for my face. At some point I stopped going to Ulta and started doing my brows myself, and when I went back one day she was no longer working there. I ended up switching back and forth between having my brows threaded and doing them myself for the last 4 or so years.

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A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw a picture of Stef Pohl of MostStefinitely with Riley on and found out she is working at Kenneth Brandt Salon in Mason! I was so excited to find out that she was back in the area and couldn’t wait to book an appointment with her.

It was so great to see her and catch up with her and, of course, she did an amazing job with my brows and left feeling like a new woman. I get a lot of services done, and when you find people who do a good job, you don’t let them go.

Benefit Cheekleader Palette

Oh, look. I bought even more cheek products that I didn’t need.

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Yes, I did and no, I’m not sorry. I went to Ulta specifically looking for this palette because I really wanted Cookie, the highlighter that is exclusive to this palette. I saw that there was a mini version available with only three shades, but my Ulta didn’t have that one so I ended up buying the full size one. At first I was a little annoyed I had to spend $60 instead of $30 but in the long run, I love this palette and am glad I ended up purchasing the bigger one because I think it will come in super handy for travel. I am supposed to be going to Chicago in a few weeks and having all my cheek products will save lots of space in my suitcase.

Fragrance

I feel like people don’t talk about the importance of fragrance enough. Yes, I could go through life feeling like a badass bitch in my jumpsuit with my clear skin and perfect brows, but if you don’t smell good (or, *gasp* if you smell bad) the rest really doesn’t matter. I’ve been wearing Mon Paris by YSL and I am obsessed with it.
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I’m really no good at figuring out what the notes of a fragrance are, but according to the Sephora website, the notes are Strawberry, Raspberry, Bergamot, Calone, Pear, Orange Flower, Jasmin Sambac, White Peony, Datura, Patchouli, White Musk, Ambrox, Cedarwood, Crystal Moss and the fragrance is “Passionate. Sensual. Sophisticated.”
If you’re looking for a new fragrance, I highly suggest hitting up Sephora or Ulta to give it a sniff.

Misses

Clearly, I have been doing a lot of shopping and thankfully, I don’t really have any buyers remorse. I do, however, have to warn you about one of the worse foundations on the face of this planet, which is the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation. It’s only $5.99 and has gotten some incredible reviews online, which made me really want to try it. Don’t be fooled. It is absolute garbage and it smells like literal housepaint. 0/10 do not recommend.

TL;DR

I have been doing way too much shopping lately but, fortunately, I’ve picked up some really great stuff. Let me know what you’ve been loving lately!

WHAT A TIME TO BE ALONE

Whenever I think about self-help books, I think about an episode of Sex and the City where Charlotte wants to buy a book called “Starting Over, Yet Again,” but when she goes to the bookstore, the self-help section is full of crying women. She gets embarrassed and pretends she’s looking for the travel section. Ultimately, she goes home and buys the book on Amazon.

WE SHOULD ALL BE MIRANDAS

I’m not like Charlotte. (Actually, I’m a Miranda if you were wondering.) I love self-help books and I own a lot of them. I don’t buy them with the intention that they’re going to magically change my life, but I do like the affirmation that I’m not the only person who needs some reassurance in this crazy world. Clearly, I’m not alone in this, since the self-help market grosses $11 million dollar each year.

WHAT A TIME TO BE ALONE

I recently read the book “What a Time To Be Alone” by Chidera Eggerue, more commonly known by her online moniker—the Slumflower.

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I’ve followed Chidera, the founder of the #SaggyBoobsMatter movement, on Instagram for over a year now and always love  her content. Despite not knowing her personally, she feels like a friend because of the vulnerability and intimacy she fosters with her audience. On a platform that centers around carefully curated images, Chidera’s authenticity feels borderline rebellious.

When I found out Chidera had written a book, I knew I had to read it. I knew that it would be chock-full of nuggets of wisdom, and I also love supporting fellow creatives when I’m able to. I patiently waited until the day it was released on Amazon and bought it the day it was available.

OWN YOUR STORY

I read “What a Time To Be Alone” in one sitting. It’s not a traditional non-fiction format. Rather than overwhelming reads with pages and pages of text, it’s broken down into easily-digestible insights. It features Igbo proverbs from her mother, original artwork from Chidera, and  bright colors and bold graphics that make it as aesthetically pleasing as it is emotionally stimulating.

My favorite thing about this book is that you can crack open any page, and find something inspiring on it. If you don’t have time to sit and read the whole thing, you can carve out 5 minutes of you day and end up feeling more motivated than you were beforehand.

CREATE YOUR OWN NARRATIVE

Chidera is the kind of friend everyone needs, but not everyone is lucky enough to have—the one that has no problem calling you out on your bullshit. Sure, the overarching theme is an inspiring, uplifting message of reclaiming your time and loving yourself, but in order to get to a place where you are able to do so you have to stop lying to yourself, making excuses and playing the victim. Chidera doesn’t sugar coat it, and sprinkled throughout are some hard-hitting, hard-to-swallow truths like: “your victim mentality is why you are stagnant.”

This book made me take a critical look at myself, step back and acknowledge that sometimes, I am the problem.

THE RADICALISM OF SELF-LOVE

Chidera’s entire book centers around the idea that in order to reclaim our identity, or to fall in love with ourselves, we need to face our fears and spend some time alone. Like most things in life, It sounds incredibly straightforward but is much harder in practice.

I think it’s important that in addition to advocating for women to love themselves, she also made a point of discussing the importance influence that external sources have on self-worth, but did so in a way that doesn’t demonize other people for their (presumably) poor behavior.

There are a number of pages in the book that that I dog-eared, because this book is full of good reminders and generally good advice. I think the content of this book would resonate with just about anyone, but especially so for people who are trying to grow into a healthier space and leave bad habits and negative mindsets behind.

GOOD ADVICE

I will admit that most of what is in Chidera’s book is not novel advice—and I know these things from having learned them the hard way. Had I read this book 5 years ago, I think I would have taken a more critical look at myself, my priorities and my relationships and realized that I deserved so much more than what I was getting. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t available 5 years ago and instead I had to realize my value and worth on my own. That isn’t a bad thing—it’s something that I’m actually really grateful for. But, hey, having a reminder doesn’t hurt.

What A Time to Be Alone is available on Amazon.

Hello 👋🏼

Hi, I’m Emily. 

I’m a 20-something PR professional and I live, work and play in Lansing, Michigan.

I’ve decided to bite the bullet start a blog. Why? Because it marries two of my favorite things: writing and dicking around on the internet.

I have hesitations about blogging because, despite being a millennial, I’m not so self-absorbed that I think anyone actually cares what I have to say. (But if you do, you should follow me on Twitter where the majority of my witty content lives. Or if you prefer highly staged photos, might I suggest following me on Instagram?)*

I’ve always toyed with the idea of starting a blog but failed to commit because, in reality, I kind of thought that it was a waste of time. Then I met a kickass lifestyle blogger, who introduced me to other awesome bloggers (both in person and online), and realized it’s far from it.

Not only is blogging an amazing creative outlet, it allows you to tap into a community of other like-minded people and share your thoughts, experiences and recommendations. 

Then I had another realization, à la Mindy Kaling: why not me?

I have lots of hobbies—and blogging feels like a great way to combine all of them in one cohesive space. 

If you like plants, makeup, art, politics or cats we’ll probably get along. If you don’t? You should still stick around. 

Stay tuned!

*That’s right, folks. I’m not above shameless plugs. Speaking of which, have you tried those amazing detox teas? I’m totally kidding. (But if you happen to read this, Fit Tea, I’d totally pimp your product in exchange for cold, hard cash.)