Beauty Faves: Drugstore Lipsticks for Spring + Summer

 

Favorite Drugstore Lipsticks for Spring and Summer

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Brown Girl | Orange Lipstick

Orange lipstick for brown girls

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, not following This Brown Queen or any other beauty blog, you’d know that orange lipstick is in right now. I’ll be honest, because I keep it real around these parts, when I first started seeing this trend I wasn’t here for it. I was all like “orange though? booo.” Because let’s face it. Orange isn’t exactly a standard color and I wasn’t sure how it would play out on this brown girl.  So I did some digging and I’ve come up with a few different options of orange for the bold diva to the lowkey chic.

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Brown Girl | Nude Lipstick

Hello Queens! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend! I hope ya’ll ate well, didn’t break the bank on black friday, and shopped small biz on Saturday! I know I did!  Today I wanna talk about Nude lipstick. A staple item every beauty needs in their collection. Whether your style is natural, no make up make up or you’re a bold diva, nude lipstick is the perfect ending to any beat. There’s just one problem when you’re a brown girl. What color is nude? When you’re a brown girl “nude” comes in a variety of shades and undertones. I’ve had my fair share of troubles searching for my nude in the beauty industry. You already know. The brown girl struggle! But, the good news is there are nude shades out there that we can rock! Yup and because I love you so, I’ve put together my favorite shades of nude lipstick for my lovely brown beauties!

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1. Kate for Rimmel London 08 ~ my favorite! A warm pink toned nude that has a semi matte finish.

2. Milani Teddy Bare ~ a very brown girl friendly brown toned nude.

3. Wet N Wild Mochalicious ~ a dark brown toned nude with a berry undertone.

4. Maybelline Warm Me Up ~ a soft pretty pink tone. Love this too!

5. Maybelline Nearly There ~ an almost sheer like frost pinky nude. Not my favorite for my tone but I do like it on lighter brown tones.

Nude Lipstick Collage

Have you tried any of these? What are some of your faves? Let me know so I can try them too!

Peace, Love & Blessings,

Siggy

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Beauty Review | Maybelline Color Elixir

My lovely Queens! Wow can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post! Forgive me loves! I promise you it’s for good reason. Working on some pretty amazing things and I can not wait to share all this greatness with you all! All in good time :). Today I’m bringing you another fabulous beauty review because ya’ll know I’m all about keeping you posted on all the must have beauty buys <3. When I come across a product I LOVE, of course I’m coming straight to This Brown Queen to rave about it. So what am I swooning over today? Maybelline Color Elixir lippie!

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Here’s what my bae’s over at Maybelline say:

  • A trio of concentrates delivers the color of a lipstick, the cushiony care of a balm, and the glass shine of a gloss

  • Our exclusive smoothing angora brush delivers a polished , even application and smoothing sensation to lips

What This Brown Queen says:

You need it. If you love lip gloss you’ll love it. If you don’t love lip gloss…you’ll still love it. This product is like amazing. I’m not a fan of lip gloss because…well…I usually feel like I look like I just ate a big ol’ piece of chicken and THAT my friends is not a good look. Plus most lip glosses I’ve tried are usually super sticky and I just don’t like the feel of it on my lips. Then there’s the fact that most lip glosses just aren’t that pigmented and what’s a good lip product with no pigment? Needless to say, I’ve just never been that excited over them. But THIS, this right here…there’s none of that going on.

I picked up two shades on a whim. Caramel Infused and Signature Scarlet. Upon my first application I was in love! Signature Scarlet is SO pigmented to be a gloss! I was not expecting this color payoff at all! It glides on so smooth and stays that way. Not sticky or thick, but yet, it’s still glossy in appearance. Mindblown O_O. Caramel Infused is a nude color that is just perfect. You get a hint of brownish pink with that same smooth and gloss like finish. I mean it really doesn’t get any better than this.

Color Elixir Final 2Caramel Infused (L) | Signature Scarlet (R)

The are 20 shades in the line and as far as I can tell they’re not LE (if you’ve seen anything different please let me know!). I definitely plan on picking up a few more shades because…well do I really need to say any more?

Swatches of Color ElixirCaramel Infused (L) | Signature Scarlet (R)

My sad swatches do these no justice but what’s a review with no pic? 😉 Have you tried these? What shades do you have? Are you loving them as much as I am?!

Peace, Love, & Blessings

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Siggy

Beauty Shop | OCC Lip Tar All Star Mini

Hey Queens! I just wanted to quickly post about a beauty buy that everyone needs to get in on and quick! I promise you need this in your life. I wouldn’t steer ya’ll wrong :). So what am I raving and all worked up about? The OCC Lip Tar Mini All Star Set! If you don’t know about Lip Tars you’re missing out. You are. But it’s okay because now you know and you can get you some! This particular set contains four miniature versions of the most popular Lip Tar colors. But don’t be worried about the “mini” part because if it’s one thing about Lip Tars, it is that a little goes a LONG way. The set even comes with a mini lip brush perfect for applying your Lip Tar. The best part about this amazingness is the price…wait for it…$20! Yes I said $20. Needless to say, you should definitely get yours now! Available at Sephora. Muah!

Photo: sephora.com

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1. Memento ~ pink/plum neutral | 2. NSFW ~ true balanced red | 3. Anime ~ vibrant neon pink | 4. Black Dahlia ~ blackened red

OCC All Star Mini

Peace, Love, & Blessings

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Siggy

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Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick

I am huge lipstick fan. And while I know most Queens think the cat’s meow are MAC lipsticks….THIS brown queen can’t always drop that kind of money on just ONE tube of lipstick. That’s more of a treat to myself than a staple product. Soooo if you’re like me, and want to  feed your lipstick addiction with a quality lipstick for a reasonable price, Maybelline Color Sensational lines are the affordable way to go. There are 3 lines in the  Color Sensational family which are: Lipcolors, Vivids, and Pearls.

What Maybelline says about Color Sensational Lipcolors:

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Why You’ll Love It

Fall in love with color, all over again:
• Crisper color from pure pigments
• Creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar
• Lipcolor so rich, so stunning…it’s sensational
• 68 captivating shades

What Maybelline says about the Color Sensational Vivids:

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Why You’ll Love It

Be bright and gorgeous.

  • Exclusive Vivid colors are brighter

  • Honey nectar formula nourishes lips

What Maybelline says about Color Sensational Pearls:

Product Details

Why You’ll Love It

A sassy new spin on pearls:
• More luminous shimmer from micronized pearls
• Luscious, creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar
• 10 always flattering, never frosty shades

What This Brown Queen Says: The colors are gorgeous. Very pigmented. I have not come across any matte ones, though I’ve researched and there are a few. The lipstick is very creamy. It doesn’t go on dry at all. Very smooth. The lasting power is ok. Some colors stay on longer than others and some colors stain while others don’t. I find that even though the product isn’t drying, that some of them still can leave a flaky residue behind when it fades. Noticeable especially when you go to reapply. I combatted this issue by making sure I always moisturize my lips again before reapplying. Usually takes care of that.  For the price and quality, these lines are my go to lippies from daily wear to more bold looks. See my swatches below:
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From left to right: Neon Red, On Fire Red, Hot Plum, Brazen Berry

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From left to right: Fuschia Fever, Nearly There, Blissful Berry, Fruit Punch

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This Brown Queen