The Perfect Red

We all know the adage “when you stop looking…you’ll find it.” Of course this happened to me when I was gifted my new favorite red lipstick. My mom got it as a sample from Sephora and gave it to me, as she was not about to wear the fire-engine bright color. It’s called Beso: Stila All day Liquid Lipstick. 
Screen Shot 2014-02-15 at 12.56.42 PMIt doesn’t look that vibrant from this photo but I assure you that it’s the brightest red I’ve ever seen. Not only is it the exact shade I was looking for, it actually stays on. It goes on as a lip creme but quickly dries to a matte velvety finish. Though I haven’t tried this, I’m sure it could be worn as a gloss-finish (for those who don’t like matte) if clear lip gloss was applied after the color dries. Currently, I only have a small sample size, but I am definitely going to purchase the full sized lip color as soon as mine runs out.

Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick, Sephora, $22, in Beso

Sephora Beauty Essentials

As I made my weekly trip to Sephora I found myself lingering around the Super Stars Beauty Essentials kit. It’s basically a round up of the cult favorites Sephora has to offer. And did I mention that they are all full-sized products? But the fact that they’re full-sized means a full-sized price. The Essentials will cost you. I had to decide in that moment whether all these amazing products were worth $75. Of course they were, but I had already racked up a sizable debt that weekend, spending my weekend budget at Topshop and Aritzia before I even got to Sephora. On the bright side, the kit looks like it may be around for a while so I probably have a little while longer to deicide. Here is what it comes with and my thoughts:



  • 0.035 oz Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
Never tried this product but have only heard amazing things. I have a friend who uses it as dry shampoo.
  • 0.06 oz Sephora Collection Microsmooth Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Black Light
I think these colors look amazing, but I’m not a huge eye shadow person so this product isn’t making my decision.
  • 0.16 oz NARS Blush in Orgasm
Of course this is my go-to blush but I also just bought a new one not that long ago and it happens to last forever.
  • 0.5 oz Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
I’m not a huge skincare guru, but my roommate is. He called dibs on this product.
  • 0.5 oz Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
Huge fan of Josie Maran, but I’m not sure what I’d do with the oil. Maybe use it in my hair. I have the oil stick for the winter. I could just save it for then.
  • 0.33 oz Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
I recently ran out of my Hourglass primer and have been lively solely off sample-sized primers. I’ve been using the NARS primer but also have a small Hourglass sample.
  • 0.3 oz Benefit They’re Real! Mascara
I bought the mini- They’re Real to try from Sephora. I actually really like it.
  • 0.15 oz BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Sandy
Not a huge fan of the color of the lipgloss, but hey, who doesn’t love lipgloss. Maybe it goes on sheer.
  • 0.016 oz Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
I haven’t had luck with eyeliners lately. Nothing is working for me. Either my eye reacts badly or it just goes everywhere
  • 0.33 oz Kat Von D Saint Eau de Parfum Rollerball
Tried this at the store, could not believe how amazing it smells. I want to buy the actual perfume.