Top Ten Tuesday: Radiant Orchid Round-up


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Unless you’ve been living under some sort of fashion-proof rock, you probably know that radiant orchid is Pantone’s 2014 color of the year.  Radiant orchid is one of those rare colors that can be flattering on almost anyone.  Some of my picks lean a bit more lilac or fuschia, but I consider them all in the radiant orchid family.  Without further ado, here are my top ten radiant orchid beauty and fashion picks:


Wet ‘n Wild Flirting at the After Party Color Icon palette
I’m a long time fan of the Color Icon eyeshadows. The “Eyelid” and “Crease” shade on the right side of this palette make for the perfect simple radiant orchid smoky eye.

Sinful Colors Tempest
This is a paler shade bordering on lavender, chock full of micro shimmer.

Sonia Kashuk Purparazzi
Apart from the cute name, Purparazzi is a bright purple creme that I’ve been known to wear any time of year.


Benefit Lollitint
Lollitint is definitely on the pinker end of the spectrum, but it is the perfect compliment to radiant orchid (and other cool toned) eye looks.

E.l.f. Essential Blush in Flushed
This is a pretty sheer blush, but what it lacks in pigmentation it makes up for in shimmer.  I love how it looks alongside Lollitint.

Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss in Fashion Diva
This is a full-on magenta lipgloss with pink and blue shimmer.

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Violet Addict
This looks insane in the bottle but actually shows up more like a hot pink on the lips.


Ray Ban Wayfarers

I dig a good modern twist on a classic, and these are chicly oversized on me.

Express Portofino Shirt
I’m all about sheer button downs, and this sleeveless one is easily dressed up or down.

Plumeria hair clip
This Hawaiian flower is made of very thin foam and is constantly being mistaken as real.

What do you think of my picks?
How do you feel about the color radiant orchid?



First Impression Friday: Macadamia Natural Oil Flawless


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According to its website, Flawless is “an innovative 6-in-1 cleansing conditioner that cleanses, conditions, reduces blow-drying time, detangles, enhances volume and eliminates frizz in one product. Flawless recreates the perfect salon blow-dry at home.”

I’ve always been skeptical about anything that claims to cleanse and condition (all multi-function beauty products, really), so I was expecting this to leave my hair either super dry or greasy.  Plus, the product itself is this super weird consistency, similar to shave gel.

I fully expected to hate Flawless, until I used it.  Miraculously, my hair feels both cleansed and hydrated.  My dry ends look and feel smooth, and my curls are downright glossy.  I can’t speak to its impact on blow drying, but my hair did seem to air-dry a bit faster than usual.

Have you ever used a cleansing conditioner?
Buy Macadamia Natural Oil Flawless.


January-February ’14 Loves


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Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette
This palette is so incredibly beautiful.  I’ve always been a huge fan of Urban Decay packaging, which can really only be described as the perfect blend of badass chic.  These eyeshadows go on like butter and are so incredibly pigmented that I imagine this palette lasting me forever.

Wet ‘n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain
If you’re a regular reader of Lipstick & a Latte, you know I’m a sucker for anything in chubby stick form, and I’m glad to see ultra-affordable cruelty free brand Wet ‘n Wild get on the balm stain band wagon.  This formula goes on glossy and a bit translucent but wears into a gorgeous matte stain.  These retail for $1.99, but keep an eye out for $1 off coupon on the packaging.

Daisy Eau So Fresh
This definitely isn’t one of those smack-you-in-the-face obvious perfumes.  Instead it’s beautifully subtle in a way that makes me feel classy as hell.  That said, it really isn’t too grown up a perfume.  I’m terrible at describing scents, but I feel safe telling you it’s floral and a bit sweet (but definitely not too sweet).

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
I’m clearly a huge fan of Mr. Green’s.  An Abundance of Katherines is actually his second novel (I’m not sure how I got so out of order.)  Anyway, it’s about former child prodigy Colin Singleton who has just graduated from high school and been dumped by his nineteenth girlfriend, all of whom have been named Katherine.  Colin’s best (and only) friend Hassan all but literally drags him on a cross-country road trip with no destination whereupon Colin must confront the realities that (a) prodigy is not synonymous with genius and (b) he may be falling for a girl who isn’t named Katherine.

Lorde – Team
Royals was the absolute anthem of 2013, but it’s a new year and Team is here to make everyone dance.

What’s not to love about two ridiculously handsome brothers road tripping around the country to vanquish evil?  It’s, admittedly, kind of corny, but I’ve become hooked.

Bigelow Vanilla Chai
I seem to have traded in my coffee triple shot latte addiction for less headache-inducing black tea.  With soy milk, this is a pretty legit substitute for my go-to Starbucks chai tea latte.

Bitman Begins
This spoofy sequel to oldie-but-goodie viral video Charlie Bit Me stars the ever-perfect Hemsworth brothers as grown up versions of the adorable little boys in the original.  I seriously can’t even.

What do you think about my January-February loves?
What products have you been loving the past couple months?


Keep Animal Testing From Becoming Mandatory


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This is different from anything I’ve ever posted on here, but it’s an incredibly important issue.  As you may or may not know, Lipstick & a Latte is a cruelty free beauty blog, which means every single product I review is not tested on animals.


Testing beauty products on animals is an unnecessary and outdated practice.  There exist many effective alternatives to animal testing, such as human volunteers and even synthetic skin.

Gandhi once said that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

If the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act (SCPCPA) is allowed to pass, it will become required for all beauty products to be tested on animals.  However, this doesn’t have to happen.  Tashina Combs, of vegan beauty blog Logical Harmony, started a petition to prevent the SCPCPA from becoming law.

It would fill my heart with joy if even one or two of you decide to support the cause after reading this post.  It literally takes five seconds.  Please help by signing the petition here.


First Impression Friday: e.l.f. Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick


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I have a thing for jumbo/chubby sticks.  Something about coloring my face with a giant crayon just makes me happy.  This went on really smooth, like too smooth.  I don’t predict much staying power.


Update: This creased like crazy.  The product has slid completely off my lids, leaving a gross dark line in my crease.  (To be fair, I was in such a rush getting ready that I forgot to use eyeshadow primer.)

It might be better suited as an eyeshadow base, or maybe to smoke out the lash line, but I can’t recommend wearing it alone all over the lid.


Autumn ’13 Loves


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For most of the country, it probably isn’t even autumn anymore, but here in Orlando it’s literally 79 degrees as I’m typing this.  I haven’t done a “monthly” loves post in so long that I can’t even call this my late October/November loves without including like three more months.  So without further ado, here are the things I’ve been loving this autumn:

Almay Wake Up Undereye Concealer

My skin has been seriously bipolar lately, so I’ve been skipping the base but sweeping this concealer on my zombie hooker  eye bags.  It covers and brightens with minimal creasing.  (I still haven’t found anything that wears perfectly.)

Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stain
There’s something so chic about a colorful lip worn with an otherwise bare face, and these chubby crayons pull triple duty as lip color, gloss and moisturizer.  I’ve finally found a good dupe for the no longer cruelty-free Revlon balm stains.

Origins Lip Remedy
I’ve been making a conscious effort to drink more water, but this dry weather is wrecking my lips.  I’ve been wearing it night and day, and it really works.

Essenza Chai candle
I’m generally a Bath & Body Works or Yankee Candle kind of girl, but when my mom brought this home in a trio from Costco it was love at first sniff.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
I breezed through both Divergent and Insurgent (Why is the second book in young adult   dystopian trilogies always the best?), but midway through Allegiant I discovered Vampire Diaries and lost any desire to do anything else ever (which was less than ideal during finals’ week.)

Vampire Diaries
Speaking of my newfound life’s purpose a.k.a. visual/emotional crack, how had I never seen this show?  It’s essentially Gossip Girl with vampires, but in the absolute best way possible.  In short, a gorgeous little brunette (Blair Waldorf) falls for a brooding hot guy with great hair (Nate Archibald) who has an even hotter bad boy brother with even better hair (Chuck Bass, obvi.)  They all conveniently live in an entire town full of ridiculously good looking friends and neighbors, most of whom have supernatural secrets of their own (Serena van der Woodsen  is a witch, and Georgina Sparks is the ultimate betchy doppleganger).  Also featuring Matthew Davis Warner Huntington III as the youngest history teacher in, well, history.
Warning: These aren’t lame-o sparkly Twilight vampires, so there’s a decent amount of blood and driving stakes into people.  (Although I somehow find this significantly less disturbing than half the stuff they show on Grey’s Anatomy.)

Dani is hilarious, gorgeous and provides a refreshingly normal point of view in the beauty community.  She’s a stay at home mom with great taste and a somewhat practical-sized makeup collection.

What do you think of my autumn loves?  Have you tried/read/watched any of them?

What have you been loving this autumn?


First Impression Friday: Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm


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Almay Liquid Lip Balm is packaged in a lip gloss style tube with a doe foot applicator.  It provides medium buildable color and, while not as hydrating as a true lip balm, doesn’t dry out my lips.  I’d classify this as more of a moisturizing liquid lipstick, which I love.

I had stopped purchasing Almay products sometime last year because the brand had supposedly lost its cruelty-free status.  After some research, however, I realized that while its parent company Revlon has sadly begun animal testing, Almay itself is indeed still cruelty-free.


Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Just Plum, Apple a Day, and Rosy Lipped

Have you tried this product?  What do you think of the brand Almay?


Smoky Eye Saturday: Athena, Goddess of Wisdom


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Last night was my first Halloween party of the year.  I went as the Greek goddess Athena, so I kept my makeup very neutral and bronzy.


I’m wearing:

1. e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow in Toasted
2. Urban Decay Naked Basics palette (mixture of Naked 2 and Faint in crease; W.O.S. on brow bone)
3. e.l.f. Studio Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter
4. Two coats of Benefit They’re Real Mascara on top and bottom lashes
5. NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny
6. Milani Powder Blush in Luminous
7. Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock n’ Rose as all-over lip color
8. e.l.f. Studio Pout Perfector in center of lips

What do you think of this look?

Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?



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