One Line Book Reviews: May & June

oneline 6I’m behind on my goodreads goal like I’m behind on my blog posts and since I can’t write a blog post and read at the same time, I can at least check one thing off my to-do list.

Persuasion – Jane Austen
Why there aren’t more romantic comedies based on this, I’ll never know.

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
I found myself really annoyed with Esther during a good portion of the book, but only because she was so easy to relate to.

Etiquette & Espionage/Curtsies & Conspiracies – The Finishing School Series – Gail Carriger
I am annoyed with myself for starting this series before Carriger has finished writing it because I want to binge-read the entire thing the way I did with the Soulless series. I thought the first book was a bit slow and clunky with setting up a new series, but it picked up pace with the second book and now I can’t wait for the third! I am always here for ladies kicking butt and looking fabulous. And having tea afterwards.

A Fault in Our Stars – John Green
The only reason I read this was because it was the only book Nieceling #2 read and I promised her I’d take her to see the movie. I read it on the plane back from Ottawa and I don’t really get all the hype. I mean, sure, even I, with my dead emotions and black heart, can feel something for kids with cancer, but it was kind of like every character in the book was a slight variation on a Manic Pixie Dream Human. Blah, blah, blah, it’s a metaphor. *eye roll*

Ruin & Rising - Leigh Bardugo
I waited over a year for this book and it did not let me down! Of all the YA trilogies I’ve read lately, the Grisha series is one of my favourites. And, honestly, it’s so nice to get an ending that doesn’t rip out your heart for once (no matter how black that heart may be.) I just want to read all three books over again and cry a little about the fact that Nikolai Lantsov isn’t my boyfriend a real person.

And with that I’m still 14 books behind on my goodreads goal for the year (of 100 books) so I better get off the internet and pick up my latest book.

 

A Long Overdue Giant Haul Post (no actual giants were hauled during the writing of this post)

So I went to Sephora. And I bought some things. Just a few things. Things I needed. At least that was the intention. Go to Sephora, pick up a concealer that needed to be replaced and some setting spray because I’d run out and that was that. In and out.

But then the aisles of shiny pretty things lured me in (not that I resisted that hard) and soon enough I had that little black basket full of new toys to play with while I eyed distracting baubles that lined the way to the cash register. How many more Jack Black lip balms did I need? I was carrying two in my purse right at that moment. You have no idea how much strength it takes to keep passing over that Shu Uemura eyelash curler time and time again because who needs 4 eyelash curlers, right?

For too long I’d been pretty staid with my previous beauty purchases; spending only birthday gift cards on things that needed to be replaced and cashing in my MAC recyclables for new lipsticks. This time, however, I just said fuck it to responsible beauty purchases and decided I was just going to buy whatever the hell I felt like buying. And so below is a collection of beauty stuff I bought over the course of the last 6 weeks.

20140629-174706-64026746.jpgI rarely cash in my Sephora points. I don’t know what amazing thing I’m saving them up for, but usually if there is a mascara I haven’t tried I’ll use 100 points to save from buying a new mascara (until my more recent purchases, I hadn’t bought mascara for about a year between my Sephora points and Clinique bonuses).

It took some convincing by the Sephora girl to get me to try out the Tarte cheek stain because I don’t usually bother with blush more than a swipe of NARS Orgasm to give my face a little colour. But thank you Sephora girl for convincing me to try this because I LOVE IT. It looks so natural and it lasts all day and gives my face just the right amount of colour. The only problem is that I probably need to get like 4 more now.

20140629-174711-64031063.jpg I am a huge, huge fan of the Real Techniques brush line (so much so that I’m always trying to get people I know to buy them like I’m a pusher, but my drug is fabulousness and tools to help that fabulousness along). I just wanted a spare liner brush, but no one seems to carry just the liner brush here, so I bought the entire starter set because who can’t use more eyeshadow brushes, right? A week later I found the silicone liner brush at Winners and the heavens opened up, cherubs began to sing, and I was ensconced in an ethereal light. I found the liner brush of my dreams, because my dream is a liner brush that is easy to clean and keeps it’s tip sharp.

20140629-174711-64031950.jpg I’ve been using the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray for years now, but this is the first time I tried the B6 spray and because I keep forgetting to actually use it, I haven’t really formed an opinion on how well it works. Oops.

My newest thing has been trying out and collecting different concealers so I rarely buy the same one twice, except that I love the NARS Creamy Concealer so much that I can’t imagine not having it in my makeup bag. But that is what tempted me into buying the new Laura Mercier Full Coverage concealer. It’s a bit on the dry side, which makes it perfect for mixing with my MAC Pro Long Wear concealer. I’m pretty sure this tube will last me until the next millenium because you only need the teensiest amount to cover your entire body.

Hourglass’ Iconic liquid lipstick is one of my favourite lip colours (I’m going to have to update this post already) which I bought especially to wear for my cousin’s wedding in Ottawa.

This is the third time I’ve replaced that Stila liner, which in my universe means that me and that Stila liner are now married.

The Maybelline 24 hour lip colour I bought because I kept hearing about how great it was (when worn properly) and how it lasts forever. I’m not saying I fell asleep wearing it and woke up the next morning with perfect lipstick, but I fell asleep wearing it and woke up the next morning with perfect lipstick.
20140629-174707-64027636.jpgThe Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder trio is the one thing that I regretted not buying when it first came out, but now it’s permanent, so now I can look like I’m being followed by a professional lighting crew wherever I go.

20140629-174704-64024940.jpgThe only time I buy makeup remover wipes is when I travel, so I bought the Elf ones before I left for Ottawa. They got my makeup off and didn’t dry out my skin, so thumbs up.

I actually bought the Kiehl’s stuff before anything else because I needed a new moisturizer, and lemme tell you, since I started using the ultra moisture line, my skin is SO much better than it was earlier this year. For the first time in ages my skin is closer to normal than dry and I don’t feel like a crocodile so much anymore.

20140629-174705-64025855.jpg I needed a new blush brush that wasn’t an angled blush brush (say blush brush 3 times fast) so I bought the Real Techniques one because it’s cheap and awesome.

I heard a rumour that MAC was discontinuing the Strobe Liquid, so I panicked and stocked up because what was I going to do without Strobe Liquid? I use it just about everyday (mixed into my foundation) and have for the past 15 years or so, so the thought of it being discontinued was like ABC canceling Pushing Daisies all over again.

I wanted to try Urban Decay’s new felt tip Perversion liner, but I didn’t like it (it’s not a bad liner, I just didn’t like it) so I exchanged it for the Naked Flushed palette in Streak, which I loooooooooove. The blush is a gorgeous coral, the highlighter is a super pretty golden colour, and while the bronzer is a little light for me, I don’t mind because it 1. has no shimmer, and 2. makes for a really great blending colour for eyeshadow.

Since I keep hearing good things about L’oreal’s gel liner I thought I’d try it out for myself since my MAC gel liner is starting to dry out. The formula is pretty nice and smooth and colour is opaque, though maybe not as black as I tend to like (I like my eyeliner to be the same shade of black as my soul). Not sure if I’d repurchase this one though. I think I might go back to my number one gel liner love: Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Liner.

20140629-174709-64029083.jpgI’ve been using Benefit’s Brow Zing for years, but once Anastasia’s Dip Brow came out, I had to try it. My brows are unruly and Dip Brow reigns them in really well. A little goes a long way, but it makes a huge difference in how groomed my brows look. Plus, it lasts all day, which filling in with powder didn’t always do. I’m a little obsessed with this stuff.

20140706-133954-49194194.jpgSo, I wasn’t planning on buying anymore cosmetics for a while because I technically didn’t need anything new, except Benefit decided to release a new eyeliner and technically I needed to try it out. For science. And of course I couldn’t just order the eyeliner, I had to order enough so that I qualified for free shipping. I mean, what else was I supposed to do? Pay for shipping? Hardly.

So I added a few more things to my basket: The Sephora Favourites Lash-To-Go box, a Josie Maran Coconut Water eyeshadow, Amazing Cosmetics concealer, and then a bunch of samples I haven’t gotten around to trying out yet.

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The Lash-To-Go box includes a Blinc mascara, TooFaced’s Better than Sex mascara, Lancome’s Hypnose Drama, Tarte’s Lights-Camera-Lashes mascara, and Bare Mineral’s Lash Domination Volumizing mascara, plus a voucher for a full size mascara of your choice. I’ve only used one each one once so far, so I haven’t really formed an opinion on any of them yet. The Blinc mascara is a tubing mascara and while I don’t particularly like it for my top lashes, it’s been great for my bottom lashes (I don’t know what it is about tubing mascaras, but they’re the only type of mascara I look forward to taking off because it’s so fun to watch the tubes come off your lashes!) Better than Sex mascara is probably my favourite mascara so far because it makes my lashes look really full while also separating them. I LOVE Lancome mascaras and the Hypnose Drama is pretty nice, though the Doll Eyes mascara is still my favourite. The Tarte mascara is also nice so far, but I haven’t really formed much of an opinion on it either way. That goes for the Bare Mineral’s mascara too.

Once I’ve gotten a better impression of them each I’ll do a separate post on them and by then I’ll probably be able to decide which one I’ll use my voucher on.

Ok, so let’s talk about Benefit’s Push Up Liner. There has been a lot of hype around this liner and I’ve read dozens of mixed reviews; I personally like it a lot, but I don’t LOVE it. The formula is a little dry and I think the product as a whole would benefit (heh) if the gel formula was closer to the consistency of Bobbi Brown’s gel liner (which is a little more watery than MAC’s and L’oreal’s). To get the liner to the intensity that I prefer I have to go over the line a few times, and if I don’t work quickly and the formula dries the liner will start to flake. And if you twist out too much product it will crumble. On the plus side, Push Up Liner makes easy work of winged liner (yes, even for me). If Benefit ever decides it’s going to rework the formula though, I will probably love the hell out of this because it’s pretty excellent, aside from that little problem.

20140706-141652-51412905.jpgI think from all the stuff I got, my favourite product is the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour eyeshadow. It’s a liquid eyeshadow that is lightweight but very pigmented. I got Playa Del Pink because it seemed like a nice neutral colour; the shadow is a light golden shimmery colour  that I can’t  even really call shimmery. It’s more accurate to say that it glows, but not in that Mr. Burns-I-bring-you-love kind of way, more like an ethereal elf queen kind of way. I LOVE this eyeshadow. It’s so perfect for summer. This colour is light enough to be worn in the day (and would look so gorgeous on the beach because of it’s shimmer/glow) and translates perfectly to night because you can build it up without the shadow creasing or looking heavy. I wore this to my friend’s wedding on Monday, which was an all day event, and there was no creasing or fading in the least (I did wear it with a primer, but I have oily lids and need to wear a primer). I will probably be buying at least a few more shades from this line.

Whew! That’s it. That’s all the makeup I bought lately. Now I need a nap.

 

 

The Definitive List of Chris Evans Movies

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I was having a hard time coming up with a post topic for this week, so I figured I’d post about something very important to me: the filmography of Chris Evans because I spent yesterday afternoon watching Snowpiercer (more below). I’ve spent a LOT of afternoons watching Chris Evans movies, so what better than spending an afternoon writing about Chris Evans movies?

From worst to best:

21. London
This movie is fucking terrible. Don’t waste your time. Jessica Biel is also in it, so seriously don’t waste your time.

20. The Loss of a Tear Drop Diamond
This movie is terrible, but Chris Evans isn’t terrible in it. Plus, he looks like this in it:

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so it’s not a total loss.

19. Cellular
I don’t know. It’s a movie. I wonder what Chris Evans’ character’s cell bill was after all of that.

18. Fierce People
I’m pretty sure I didn’t like this. All the characters are awful people.

17. Not Another Teen Movie

I have nothing else to add.

16. Push
I like C Evans in broody-hero-who-doesn’t-want-to-be-a-hero type stuff and he’s good opposite Dakota Fanning in this. Overall not the greatest movie, but it doesn’t have Jessica Biel in it, so.

15. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
C Evans looks great wearing tight stuff.

14. Fantastic Four
C Evans looks great wearing tight stuff.

13. The Nanny Diaries
I always forget this movie exists.

12. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
I’ve only seen up to C Evan’s scenes, but from what I’ve seen of it, I liked it enough that I should watch the rest some day.

11. The Losers
I love this movie for this scene alone:

But actually his character, Jensen, is great and I love watching C Evans do some comedic stuff. Plus, this movie has Idris Elba in it too.

10. The Perfect Score
I didn’t know this movie even existed until a couple of months ago when found it online. I like it. I’m surprised it’s never included in 90s/early 2000 teen movie lists because I’d probably watch this as often as She’s All That or Can’t Hardly Wait.

9. Thor: The Dark World
I’m adding this as a technicality, because technically he is in the movie. It’s my favourite scene in the entire film and the whole Chris Evans playing Captain America as Tom Hiddleston playing Loki playing Captain America thing is just everything that makes my heart go on.

8. Iceman
C Evans playing a psychotic killer for hire with an ice cream truck and questionable facial hair? Yes, please. Seriously though, he’s so great in this and everyone should see it.

7. Puncture
This movie, man. Chris is so damn good in this.

6. Sunshine
I’ve had internet fights about this movie. I saw it before C Evans was so high on my Hot Dude Radar and I loved it and his Mace has always been my favourite character. I will fight anyone who says Mace wasn’t right.

5. What’s Your Number?
I LOVE THIS MOVIE AND C EVANS IS SO PERFECT IN THIS MOVIE AND ALSO THIS HAPPENS:

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In his own words, “[he's] naked a lot in this movie.” And it’s beautiful.

4. The Avengers
I REALLY REALLY LOVE STEVE ROGERS. And also this:

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3. Snowpiercer
If you get a chance to see this movie, see this movie. It is SO good and Chris is great in it. It’s probably one of the best films I’ve seen lately and now that this movie is actually going to be released apparently, I’m going to see it legitimately in the theatres. But seriously, this is a fantastic film and you need to see it. Trust me.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Have I mentioned how much I love Steve Rogers? I really, super love Steve Rogers and watching Steve give up rather than kill Bucky is one of the most heart breaking things I’ve ever seen.

1. Captain America: The First Avenger
HAVE I MENTIONED HOW MUCH I LOVE STEVE ROGERS? Skinny Steve is my most favourite thing ever. And after-serum Steve is pretty amazing too:

But seriously, I don’t know that I’ve ever had so many feels for a fictional character before.

 

So, there are a few I haven’t seen, but overall I’ll maintain that C Evans is a better actor than most of his resume would have you believe. (Seriously, see Snowpiercer once it’s released.) And now I feel like watching What’s Your Number for the 9th time.

 

 

 

One Line Book Reviews: April

oneline5This month’s OLBR post is a little late because I wanted to finish the trilogy I was reading so I could review it as a whole. I’m still pretty sad it’s over.

 Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me: The Shatter Me Trilogy – Tahereh Mafi
It was an interesting premise. Has a bit of an X-Men vibe, but I thought there was too much emphasis on the love triangle and all of Adam’s tantrums over Juliette and Aaron got tiring very quickly.

Ms. Marvel 1-3 – G Willow Wilson
This is the series with the Pakistani Ms. Marvel and it’s pretty damn fantastic. Go read them now. So good!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, Dreams of Gods & Monsters – Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy – Laini Taylor
I’ve been reading a lot of YA trilogies lately, and I don’t think any of them have come so close to consistently excellent as this series. It’s so beautiful in concept and execution and I can’t wait to get physical copies of the books (I read it on my Kobo) just so I can enjoy the beautiful cover art on my already over-burdened bookshelves. There is just so much love and beauty in the language; the imagery is so rich which makes Eretz seems so vivid. And despite the heaviness of the story itself, there is a lightness in the language of the characters that makes forget how terrible things are for a little while at least. I really took my time with the last book because I didn’t want it to end and I have been missing since I did finish it. I don’t think it will be long before I reread this series again.

 

Captain America: Winter Soldier: Roundup

Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-Chris-Evans-Samuel-L-Jackson So, I saw Captain America: Winter Soldier last weekend and spent the week after catching up on all the CAWS commentary I had been avoiding during opening week. There isn’t much I can add about CAWS that hasn’t already been said (and better than I could say it) so this week’s post is a roundup of my favourite CAWS related posts. If you haven’t seen it yet, then why are you wasting your time reading this when you can be watching Captain America: Winter Soldier? GO NOW. I can wait. For the rest of you, here’s what I read this week (requisite spoiler warning here):

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  •  This post by Hello, Tailor that talks about Black Widow and Falcon’s roles in CAWS.
  • And while you’re at it, the other posts by Hello, Tailor on CAWS.
  • And how about this piece on a possible solo movie for Natasha Romanoff:

    It’s fitting that, after two hours of showing Agent Romanoff taking charge of every situation she found herself in, a solo “Black Widow” movie feels the most viable. What does a master spy do when the world knows who she is? Does she try to have a normal life, or does she become a full-on super hero? Going public also opens her up to countless faces from her past, all of whom now have the info needed to track her down and get revenge. Now she has to take care of the red in her ledger before it wipes her out.

    Aka: If a Black Widow solo movie doesn’t happen I’m sending hundreds of black widow spiders to the Marvel offices.

  • The Vulture tackles Cap 2’s post credit scenes here
  • Hail Hydra
  • Now everybody knows how Chris Evans feels about Chris Hemsworth (hint: it’s how we all feel about Chris Hemsworth).
  • It’s Captain Little Ass vs. Falcon Big Butt (ngl, this is the greatest thing to come out of all my Cap 2 bingeing)
  • And here is some a lot of geekery from I09
  • Some CAWS easter eggs
  • WHERE’S MY BLACK WIDOW MOVIE?!
  • And some stuff about the mid and post credit scenes
  • Chris Evans gets really excited about pizza
  • Steve Rogers has different catch up lists, depending on what country you’re watching the movie in
  • Oh, and this tumblr

And that’s it. Aside from all the Steve/Bucky stuff I’ve been reading on Tumblr and will probably be agonizing over until Cap 3 comes out.

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Do you want to built a snowman?

One Line Book Reviews: March

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March was spent trying to catch up with my book goal for the year and making up for the time I lost reading in February.

Changeless, Blameless, Heartless & Timeless – The Parasol Protectorate Series - Gail Carriger
I started the series in February with Soulless, but I finished off the series in March and I LOVED IT. The entire series is just fun and hilarious. The last book in the series was a little slower for me, but over all I love this series. It’s full of sass and snark, strong lady characters, strong gay and bisexual characters, immaculate dresses and crazy hats. So perfect! #teamAkeldama

Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
I found I liked this more once I had a few days of separation from it, and that’s not to say I didn’t like it after I put it down; I just liked it much more afterwards. It’s really beautifully written, in that classic Gaiman way; a wonderful telling of American folklore.

Cinder, Scarlet & Cress – The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer
Having been brought up reading fairy tales, I am a sucker for retellings and I absolutely LOVE this series. It has so far introduced us to Meyer’s version of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel, respectively. I mean, I love so many elements of this series: the POC characters, the futuristic setting, and a lead character who is a cyborg with a prosthetic hand that can shoot tranquilizer darts. Who the hell wouldn’t love that? My only complaint is that I started it thinking it was a trilogy, when, in fact, the last book in the series (titled Winter, based on Snow White) won’t be released until next year. It’s the Grisha series all over again.

A Few of My Favourite Lipsticks

So, I had this post planned for a while, but in planning I couldn’t settle on which lipsticks to feature, so I took photos of a bunch of the lipsticks I wore over the course of two weeks, plus the ones I looked most forward to wearing when Spring finally gets here and came up with a small-ish list of the lipsticks I love the most, at the moment.

First on my list are the Revlon Balm Stains. Not even one specifically, just all of them.

I love them. Everyone has reviewed these and everyone loves them and they deserve all the love because they are so lovely and perfect and gorgeous. I probably wear these more often than anything else on this list because I always have at least one in my bag, they’re easy to put on when you’re running out the door, and they last forever. And by forever, I mean, I may have, on occasion, fallen asleep while wearing one of these and woken up the next morning still wearing it (yes I am going to just glaze over the fact I’ve admitted to sleeping with my makeup on. Whatever, you’re not my real mom.)

Anyway, I have practically every one of these and if Revlon ever discontinues them, they will be dead to me. Do you hear that Revlon? DEAD. TO. ME.

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I basically wore Maybelline’s Colour Sensational Vivid lipsticks all of last summer. After seeing a photo on tumblr of a model wearing a lipstick that I (obviously) became obsessed with right away, I discovered a dupe of it in Fuschia Flash and then the monster was unleashed and I bought 4 5  6 more of the Colour Sensational Vivid lipsticks. The pigment on these lipsticks is great. Each one is just as vibrant on as it is in the tube and they last for ages. I wore Vivid Rose during Eid last year and it lasted through all the greasy Eid food and overly sweet punches with minimal wear. And they are so comfortable to wear and don’t dry my lips out either. Just writing about these lipsticks makes me want to put them on. They’re so good!

Yes, the two I don’t currently own are on my to-buy list, and yes, they will be mine.

Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid Lipsticks

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the OCC Lip Tars and in the midst of my obsession with neon lipsticks last summer I knew it was only a matter of time before I made Anime mine. And then I did and we became BFFs and went everywhere together and it was great. The brighter the lip colour, the happier I am.

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I wanted a velvet/matte finish bright red lipstick for a while and after recommendations from a number of friends I went to Sephora to try out the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains. I immediately snatched up Strawberry Kissed. It was the perfect shade of red that I was looking for and bonus, it was only $12! The colour is so bright and gorgeous. It’s the perfect summer red. I do a little prep before wearing this (exfoliate and then lipbalm) but it stays on all day long. The formula isn’t very drying, but wearing balm underneath keeps my dry lips nice and moisturized all day.

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The last time I went to MAC I had a bunch of things to take back for recycling and I wanted to add another reddish lipstick to my collection, which is when I discovered MAC’s Party Time. It’s a burgundy-leaning red in MAC’s creamsheen formula, which makes it really comfortable to wear. The colour is rich and bold without being too outrageous. It was a perfect choice for those terrible, endless days when we were all wondering if Winter was ever going to end. And a new lipstick is always a good way to indulge while you wait for Spring to show up.

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I don’t feel that putting MAC’s Girl About Town on this list needs any explanation really. I mean, just look at it.

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I needed a new mascara and that led me to the Lancôme counter because I wanted to try the Hypnôse Doll Eyes mascara (which is amazing, btw) and got a L’Absolu Nu lipstick as a gift. “Gift” lipsticks are rarely good, but Voile de Rose is a really beautiful shade of pink. I don’t often wear softer lip colours, but this one is one of my favourites.

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As a girl who started wearing makeup in the 90s, I started off my lipstick wearing life wearing weird browns and taupes and then transitioned into nude lip colours and by the time the 2000s hit, I was firmly on team pink gloss. It took me a while to warm up to wearing lipstick again, especially bright, bold colours of lipstick. So, when I finally decided to give lipstick another chance I started with MAC’s Rebel. No matter what other lipsticks come into my life (a lot of lipsticks come into my life) Rebel is always going to be in my top 5.

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Ruby Woo. What can I say about Ruby Woo that hasn’t already been said? It’s Ruby Woo; it doesn’t need further explanation.

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Honourable mentions go to: MAC Impassioned, MAC Hibiscus, Dior No. 999, Sephora Collection Lip Cream Stain in Endless Purple, NARS Funny Face, Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Barcelona, and Clinique Chubby Stick in Hibiscus.