2.11.2014

Five Pops of Pink for Valentine's Day ❤


If someone had told me back in high school that one day I'd be blogging about all things pink, I'd have called you crazy. It's incredible how much our likes and dislikes change over the years, and having once hated this overtly girly shade I can definitely say I'm now a huge fan. Consider my mind changed for the better! With that being said, Valentine's Day is just around the corner and whether you celebrate it or not, you might find this post a bit fun if you're a fan of wearable pink lips. Keep reading to find out my personal favorites for achieving an effortlessly wearable pink pout. 

This year my husband (Mike) made us dinner reservations for the evening yet he refuses to tell me where we're going and requests that I "dress up". Naturally, I let my addict ways take over and got straight to planning my face for the night. Having very little to go on and in keeping with the V-Day theme, I immediately grabbed some of my go-to pinks for a flattering, yet versatile lip. All five apply flawlessly (no mirror necessary!), feel comfortable on,  and they all compliment such a wide variety of looks that you really can't go wrong. To give you an idea of why these regularly take up residence in my handbag, let me try and break each shade down a bit...


It's no secret that Dior Addict lipsticks are some of my most favorite of life, and the Addict Extreme in 536 Lucky is no exception. Basically, Addict Extremes have that added "oomph" and increased pigmentation that their sheerer counterparts (the original Addicts) tend to shy away from. Lucky is the epitome of an Extreme because it has a lightweight, jelly-like texture yet still achieves nearly opaque coverage in just a few passes. It's a beautiful vibrant fuchsia shade with a slight hint of coral that makes it wearable on a variety of skin tones. Of course, Dior's amazing formula is what makes these worth their $32 price tag -in my opinion- as it has the ideal amount of slip to keep it lasting a good 5+ hours on and feels so nice on the lips- like the jeggings of high end lipstick.

The Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Sorbet is one of the newer shades among the Lip Butter lineup and it's easily my favorite overall. It's a brightened raspberry pink with a similar jelly texture to the Dior Addicts, though Sorbet (like most of the Lip Butters) has much more slip and therefore, doesn't wear quite as long. On me I reapply at the 3.5 hour mark to avoid any slight patchiness. Sorbet's pigmentation is quite impressive though, so it really doesn't take much to achieve fully opaque coverage. Sometimes I like to dab on a bit and sheer it out with my finger for a healthy, fuss-free look. Being that the color isn't too far off from Dior's Lucky, Sorbet makes a fantastic (and inexpensive) alternative at around $8.


YSL's Volupté Sheer Candy in 04 Succulent Pomegranate is a lovely cool pink with subtle red undertones. The Volupté Sheer Candy range has a lightweight balm-like texture with subtle, yet slightly buildable coverage. That, coupled with their luxurious packaging and super comfortable wear makes them versatile enough for any look or occasion. Succulent Pomegranate is a personal fave of mine because it helps to mute the natural rosy tone of my lips while providing them with a soft shade of wearable pink. I gotta admit though, the best part about these is their deliciously fruity taste and scent- very Valentine's Day appropriate if you ask me.

Of course this list just wouldn't be complete without mentioning two of my favorite pink glosses. Lancôme's Gloss In Love in 391 Flash N Fuchsia is a gorgeous hot pink with a jelly finish (there's that word again, can you sense a theme here?). It is surprisingly pigmented for a gloss and the formula is fantastic, having just enough tackiness to keep it lasting a few hours without being overly sticky. There's nothing worse than having a thick, sticky lip gloss get in the way of a perfectly romantic date (I'm looking at you, MAC). The packaging of the Gloss In Loves is really unique in that they have a push button release and curved doe-foot applicator that hugs the lips during application. After trying and loving Flash N Fuchsia so much, I have a feeling I'll be going back to check out other shades. Their $27 price tag might help to keep me satisfied with having just one though!


L-R: Dior Addict Extreme 536 Lucky, Revlon Sorbet, YSL Volupté Sheer Candy 04 Succulent Pomegranate, Lancôme Gloss In Love 391 Flash N Fuchsia, Jouer Hibiscus

Last but by no means least on my list is Jouer's Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Hibiscus. Jouer Cosmetics is one of my all-time favorite brands for their natural, no-makeup makeup products. You know, the kind that make you look like you just woke up looking that flawless and put together... Jouer does that look so well. Some of their face products are even among my holy grails, but more on that in a future post.

Anyway, Hibiscus is the first gloss I've tried from the brand and it definitely doesn't disappoint. It's a medium strawberry pink shade with tiny microshimmer- the kind that go unnoticed when worn but make the lips look juicy and full. It has a doe-foot applicator that helps the gloss to glide on with ease, and the color shows up quite nicely on my fairly pigmented lips. These glosses retail for $20 each, and their packaging is consistent with Jouer's overall theme- where most of their products snap, slide, and click together making organization a breeze. Personally, I love the puzzle-esque nature of Jouer's products because they're much more travel friendly that way, so for me it's really a win all around.

L-R: Dior Addict Extreme 536 Lucky, Revlon Sorbet, YSL Volupté Sheer Candy 04 Succulent Pomegranate, Lancôme Gloss In Love 391 Flash N FuchsiaJouer Hibiscus

Well that concludes my list of pink picks for Valentine's Day! I really hope it's a wonderful day for all of you and that you found this post helpful. I'd love to know what products you have planned for that day, so please share in the comments below! Thanks so much for reading!

XOXO, Taylar

5 comments:

  1. Love this post Tay!!!!! I'm pretty sure I need to own Lucky now ;)

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    1. Aww thanks so much babe! You know how much I love my Dior haha. Lucky would look so amazing on you too, so I definitely think it's at least worth checking out! ;)

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  2. I just purchased the Dior bb cream and have hated it! I don't know if it's the way I've applied it or the wrong primer or what! I haven't really played around with it much though. Any tips?

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    1. Aww I'm so sorry to hear that! Which Dior BB Cream are you having trouble with, in particular? I own the Diorskin Nude & find that it requires a really good setting powder for my oily skin. I've been using the MUFE Super Matte Loose Powder for my T-Zone & the Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim Light lately, but I also love the Rimmel Stay Matte! I always use a face primer as well, & my favorite has been one by Clarins! Try applying it with your fingers or a sponge too. Hope that helps! :)

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  3. I have the Diorskin nude as well but I'm now eyeing the hydra life one that's new since I do have really dry skin. I've tried the Diorskin nude with and without different primers and have set it with different powders as well (Smasbox halo, hourglass ambients) and I've also tried using different brushes and I've had no such luck! My skin is also really sensitive and gets red as soon as I use my hands to apply anything but I'll give it a shot as well with my beauty blender. I don't live near a sephora and have to order everything online so it's such a pain to send stuff back! I'm posting as anonymous since I don't have a google plus account or anything like that so I appreciate you replying back to me! Thanks so much taylar, I absolutely love your blog <3

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