Favorite Lipsticks + essentials

I have finally gotten down my 'lip routine' for when I wear lip color. I used to neglect my lip care SO much, which isn't good at all. I was never one to slather a lip balm on before bed and ultimately I would wake up with non-chapped lips. I think after having to carry around chapstick every single moment of the day when I was on Accutane last year, I kind of hated it all together.

So let's start with the essentials I use each day. I intermix some and don't use others, depending on the day.

1. Before even beginning my makeup, I start with the LUSH lip scrub and exfoliate my lips.
2. Depending on the day I'll put on the Bite lip mask, Smith's Rosebud balm, or just Blistex. The mask is great for when I know I'm going to wear a liquid lipstick, Rosebud balm for regular lipsticks, and Blistex if I'm just using a gloss that day.
3. I will keep my balm/mask on until I'm done with my makeup and I will take the excess off with a Q-Tip. Then I go in with my Bite lip primer. This stuff is a lifesaver and totally worth the money - makes my color last all day.
4. Apply my lip pencil & lip color!

I don't use lip liners all the time; only if I'm wearing a really dark color or a liquid lipstick.

I love Jordana lip pencils because they're so cheap but so good! I also love 'Tawny' from Jordana, but I recently ran out of it so it's not pictured. MAC also has tons of great color options.

After liner comes the star of the show, lipstick!
I'm a die hard fan of Colourpop when it comes to inexpensive, but great quality lip color. I have yet to try their lip liners... might be my next purchase from them.

Lippie Stix are essentially just lipsticks but in a tube that's much easier to apply from.

Liquid lipsticks are tricky to apply sometimes, but always make sure to exfoliate and moisturize!

Liquid Lipsticks from Colourpop.

Lippie Stix from Colourpop.

Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a glossy lip or I don't have the time/patience to do a lipstick that day. My absolute favorite glosses are the NYX butter glosses. They literally smell like cupcakes.

Creme Brulee is the perfect neutral shade for everyday. 

I hope you all enjoyed the swatches and photos! If you have any questions let me know in the comments. XO.

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