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3 Iconic Becca Cosmetics Products to Stock Up On Before They Close


Becca Cosmetics, a cruelty free makeup brand owned by Estee Lauder and sold at Sephora and Ulta, has a cult-like following and is known for its innovative highlighters. Unfortunately, Becca Cosmetics is shutting down permanently in September, largely due to the pandemic. According to an official statement posted on their website in February: “At BECCA, an accumulation of challenges, together with the global impact of COVID-19, has sadly been more than our business can withstand, and we have had to make the heartbreaking decision to close down the BECCA brand at the end of September 2021.” However, it’s not too late to still rock a glowy face full of the brand. Here are 3 iconic Becca Cosmetics products to stock up on before they close, and dupes for when they do.

1. Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter ($38)

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Perhaps the product that launched Becca into the public eye, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter is unlike any other, because it melts down into a creamy finish once applied, despite its powdery texture. Their signature color, Champagne Pop, works great with warm or olive skin tones. Apply with a brush for the best results.

Dupe: ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter ($8)

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This buttery formula is a perfect contender for The Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter, because it shares the unique powder to cream texture. There are currently 17 shades on the ColourPop website, ranging from a medium brown for a contour effect to a luminous purple if you’re going for the space girl look. However, this one should be applied with the fingers for the most effective pigmentation. 

2. Ultimate Lipstick Love ($24)

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Coming in a whopping 40 shades, the best aspect of this product is the fact that it is one of the only lipstick shade ranges on the market that comes with an indication of its undertone (warm, cool, neutral) so you can find the perfect match for your skin. Its creamy, hydrating formula is perfect for those who suffer from dry lips. It even has a magnetic casing so you never have to worry about losing the top half of the tube!

Dupe: Clinique Even Better Pop Lip Colour Foundation ($20)

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Coming in an impressive 30 colors, this lipstick also helps you find your perfect shade and undertone match to your skin by using Clinique Shade Match Science. It comes in three “dress codes”:  Naked, a soft, neutral sheer tint for the natural look, Casual, a step up between tame and dramatic for an everyday look, and Glam, an intense, in your face pop of colour that you can see across the room.

3. Zero No Makeup Virtual Foundation ($36)

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This innovative product is so subtle that it is difficult  to argue whether or not it qualifies as makeup or skin care, with Becca claiming that it’s the perfect hybrid of the two. Its effects are so subtle that even straight cis men report wearing it without embarrassment. The blurring matte finish is perfect for those with oily skin, and only takes a pea size dollop to get the full effects!

Dupe (Kind of): Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime ($10)

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Becca’s Zero No Makeup Virtual Foundation is so unique that there is simply no other product like it on the market. While there are other mattifying skin products that can give you a blurring effect and help soothe your imperfections, they’re not labeled as foundations. However, there are some lightly pigmented primers that work similarly and can be worn without foundation for a subtle effect. The Maybelline Face Studio Master helps with pore minimizing and works best for those with oily skin. 

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Images provided by Becca Cosmetics, Colourpop, Clinique, and Maybelline 

Best Lip Balms For Dry Lips This Season


Winter is a wonderful time full of holiday fun and great seasonal activities. There are a ton of benefits to the colder months, though dry lips are certainly not one. It can be a struggle to find the perfect lip treatment to fortify your lips against the bracing winter air, but we’re here to help! Here are some of the best lip balms for dry lips this season.

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Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

For anyone who needs some nourishment this season, Burt’s Bees is a great product to try. Its popularity speaks volumes as it is a favorite among lip balm enthusiasts. With a blend of shea butter, botanical oils, vitamin E, and beeswax, this balm hydrates and moisturizes your lips while providing protection against the cold weather. Give it a try, you won’t regret it! 

Aquaphor Lip Repair Ointment

Aquaphor is ideal for anyone whose lips are already dry and cracked: just check the reviews! People rave about this product and how effective it is at healing damaged and dry lips in a short time span. Consider this your new go-to product whenever your lips need a boost.

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Blistex Medicated Lip Balm

This product is a great starter for anyone unsure of where to begin in the lip balm world. Blistex has many five-star reviews that rave about the protection and strength it offers. It is ideal for creating smooth and hydrated lips out of sore, chapped ones. Invest in the pack of three to really get bang for your buck out of this product!

Awake Beauty Moisture Balm Daytime Lip Mask

To ensure long-lasting hydration that can outlast any cold front, this lip mask is both inexpensive and quality! Blended olive, raspberry argan, and rosehip combine to form this fantastic product that anyone who struggles with dry, chapped lips should try. Pick it up today!

Lip Sleeping Mask

For long-lasting hydration with a natural shine, try this lip sleeping mask from Sephora. Filled with antioxidants and vitamin C, this is perfect for anyone with naturally dry skin and lips. Despite the name, it can be used any time of day and really is the extra boost your lips need this season! This will be your new favorite for sure!  

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Drew Barrymore’s Makeup Line Flower Beauty is Stylish and Affordable


Drew Barrymore’s makeup line, Flower Beauty, was founded in 2012. In the beginning it was exclusively sold online and at Walmart. However, the expansion of sales didn’t halt there. Back in February of this year, Flower Beauty products appeared in Ulta stores across the U.S. Barrymore herself is a fan of cosmetics and beauty products, including hair care, and rather a guru of beauty. Though Flower Beauty has been around for a few years, perhaps some of you haven’t heard of the affordable brand. Flower Beauty has just about every basic product you need. The line also sells hair styling tools and fragrances, so Barrymore doesn’t just stop at makeup.

Drew Barrymore’s Makeup Line Flower Beauty is Great for Girls on the Go

Drew Barrymore's Makeup Line Flower Beauty

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Flower Beauty’s products are easily portable, so if you’re constantly lugging makeup around with you to freshen up in the office, or if you’re running late and have to resort to doing your makeup in the parking lot, no sweat. The best part about this product line is the surprising quality at such a low price. All of Flower Beauty’s products (aside from the hair styling tools) are under $20. If you’re a self-proclaimed makeup addict looking for products that perform well and aren’t very expensive, then Flower Beauty is going to be your new best friend.

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Flower Beauty sells a moisturizing primer called In Your Prime that conditions the skin while priming for around $13 at Ulta. It’s incredibly difficult to find a good primer at a low price, especially one that does what it promises.

Petal Pout Lip Color is a great choice if you’re looking for a lipstick that’s smooth and condition while giving you a nice all-day-wear. It’s available in over twenty shades, including matte options and cream finishes. Plus Petal Pout runs anywhere from $6-9, which is a low enough price to stock up on multiple shades.

The Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette from Flower Beauty is available at Ulta for $16. Like the other products in Flower’s line, it doesn’t disappoint. The formula is surprisingly creamy and lightweight, and it blends like a dream.

Drew Barrymore on the Success of Flower Beauty

Drew Barrymore's Makeup Line Flower Beauty

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Back in 2015, Drew Barrymore sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for an interview and gushed about the success of her line.

I’m most proud of the price point we have managed to achieve with the formulas and materials we work with. It’s an almost impossible endeavor and it’s not something that people might know or understand or think about as a consumer. Our customer reviews are like, flawless — it’s amazing. Across the board people are very happy and I’m so relieved about that because you are surprised and amazed at the level of quality when you try the products.

It’s true. These products will surprise you both in price and quality. They’re a great everyday go-to for twenty-somethings who need to watch what they spend, but know what good quality makeup is all about.

Curious About Flower Beauty? Find the product line at your local Ulta, Ulta.com, or check out Flower Beauty’s website

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Glossy Eyelids Are Your Summer Beauty Trend


This summer, it’s all about glossy eyelids. This is a popular makeup look that will keep your skin looking glowing and youthful. You can also add shimmer to achieve a more dramatic finish. The glossy eyelid is easy to accomplish because you can use any product (such as lip gloss, eye gloss, or vaseline) and you will still get amazing results.

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This makeup look is easy to apply because there is no need to use a brush. A sponge applicator is the best way to get a smooth finish, as it blends like a charm. You can add as much or as little product as you wish. Then complete the look with a bold lip!

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Waterproof mascara is a must for this makeup look because it will enhance your eyelashes while preventing creasing or smudging. Adding mascara will also compliment your eyes while making your eyes appear wider and more awake!

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You can also create a winged glossy look. This may require patience because it can be high maintenance, but the finished look is so worth it!

If you want to try this look, go for it! Anyone can achieve this look, whether your eyes are large or small, hooded or not. The trick to keeping your eyeshadow in place is to apply a great primer that will last all day. Remember to stay confident while enhancing your beautiful features!


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Cocoa Swatches For Women Of Color


Cocoa Swatches was founded by Ofunne Amaka, who created an Instagram account catered to women of color. She believes that makeup is a creative extension of her personality. This Instagram account turned into a global household name, and it utilizes the best assets of technology. It has the ability to bring people together, and it empowers beauty and brings diversity into the industry. Cocoa Swatches believes that makeup should be fun for everyone.


Black Radiance Pressed Powder Shades

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Powder is essential for your beauty routine because it helps to set your makeup, especially for ladies who have oily skin. These are the best shades to add to your foundation or to finish off your makeup. It is formulated to absorb oil, even your complexion, and minimize shine.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

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Stick foundation is a great alternative to liquid foundation because it’s easier to apply and blend in. Anastasia Beverly Hills provides different shades that range from warm to dark and this gives you many options to choose from. This cream formula is highly pigmented and it leaves a matte finish. It can be applied as a tinted moisturizer, or used for highlighting and contouring.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation

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Fenty beauty by Rihanna is a very popular brand, suitable for women of color. The Pro Filt’r foundation comes in a variety of shades. This foundation leaves a matte finish and it is great for oily skin. Women who have darker skin complexions love this foundation because it matches their skin tone perfectly.


Enlight Highlighters

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These beautiful highlighters were created by Daness Hyricks Beauty. Highlighters are a great way to finish your makeup because they make your skin glow and pop. These highlight colors are perfect for women of color because they complement their skin tone and eyeshadow. This formula will blend easily into the skin and is buildable.


Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette

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The Nubian Palette by Juvia’s Place is an eyeshadow palette that features beautiful neutral colors. These colors are highly pigmented and they blend flawlessly. It can also be worn everyday and it’s great for all skin types. This palette includes four transition matter and eight shimmery pearl textured colors.


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Lipstick Shades for a Perfect Spring Look


Spring has sprung and we’ve never been more ready to say goodbye to this year’s unbearably cold winter! While our skin and hair are begging to be warmed up by the sun’s rays and blown out by our hairdresser, we can’t help but daydream about all the colorful lipstick shades to wear. We know there’s a ton of lippies out there, so we’ve listed our favorites for you. It’s time to trade your dark lipsticks for these neutral and bright lipstick shades, perfect for a Spring look.

NYX’s Extra Creamy Round Lipstick ($4) is velvety, long-lasting, moisturizing, and affordable all in one. Can it get any better? This Narcissus clean blue-toned pink cream shade is perfect for the first day of warmer weather.

Celebrate PANTONE’s Color of the Year with Butter London’s Lippy Liquid Lipstick (we dare you to say that 10 times fast) in Ultra Violet ($18)! With a pigment of a lipstick and a shine of a lip gloss, your lips will look and feel like a million bucks. It’s not your typical lipstick color, but that’s why we love it.

You can never go wrong with a classic red lip, no matter what season! Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick ($8.49) provides moisture, comfort, and shine while adding a pop of color to your laid-back or dressy outfit.

Neutral shades are every girl’s best friend, am I right? Smashbox’s Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick ($24) lasts for a solid 8 hours, is lightweight, and conditions your lips while delivering a flawless finish! You won’t want to go the Spring without this gorgeous lippy, trust us!

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Trending Nude Lip Products From Matte to Glossy


Nude lips products are all the rage this year, and we can understand why: it’s so effortless, yet polished. Nude lips are pretty much perfect for any occasion and if you aren’t completely won over yet, we’re here to convince you. These lip products are some of the best on the market and their range of nude lip colors for various skin tones is no except. Whether you like lip stains, matte liquid lipsticks, or gloss, there’s a nude lip product here for you.

A Matte Liquid Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Stila’s liquid lipsticks are a cult favorite in the beauty community and it’s pretty obvious why: not only is the color range flattering on all skin tones, but they really do last a long time without budging. The shade “Caramello” is a light nude lipstick perfect for lighter skin tones. For medium to dark skin tones, try “Dolce,” a beautiful chocolatey shade. It even has a little glitter it in for subtle sparkle!

A Lip Gloss: RealHer Lip Plumping Lip Gloss
RealHer’s products are more than just pretty packaging: they are reliable and effective. Their Lip Plumping Lip Gloss in the shade “Deep Nude” will make you rethink how you feel about lip gloss. It’s not sticky, lasts a long time, and makes your lips look a little fuller. It comes a part of their Deep Nude Lip Kit, which also includes a Nude Lip Liner and Matte Liquid Lipstick.
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A Lip Stain: LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain
Lip stains are perfect for anyone who wants color on their lips without feeling like they are wearing lipstick. Enter LORAC’s Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain. These highly pigmented products contain ingredients like Shea Butter and Evening Primrose Oil to keep your lips hydrated and healthy.

A Creamy Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Loaded Bolds Lipstick
Maybelline is another go-to lipstick brand for beauty enthusiasts for many reasons. Not only do their lip products come in a wide range of different finishes and colors, but they work well, too! Their Loaded Bolds Lipstick is no exception. With over 20 super-saturated shades, it’s the nude colors that catch our eye. Who said nude shades had to be boring?

Which nude lipsticks are you loving at the moment? Let us know in the comments below!

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How Beautiful Rights is Giving Back to Women Everywhere


What is better than drugstore and higher end lipsticks that keep your lips hydrated during these cold, wintery months? Wearing lipstick that makes you feel beautiful and gives back to women, of course! Beautiful Rights is a new beauty brand that donates 20% of all sales to organizations of your choice, ranging from Emily’s List to Planned Parenthood, when you choose “Pantsuit Pink,’ ‘Politically Pout,’ or ‘Gloss Ceiling.’ Founder Kristen Leonard chose 20% to represent the fact that women in the U.S. are paid 20% less than men for the same work. 

The packaging of the products is symbolic as well. According to the press release, the stylish, “fractured glass” design was developed to “emphasize both how far we’ve come as women, and how much further we have to go.”
With all that is going on politically, Beautiful Rights fits right in, making a powerful and inspirational statement, while taking a stand for equality for all. Beautiful Rights is taking beauty back by supporting, empowering, and believing in women. What’s more, each lipstick contains oils we love — coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, olive, and avocado — all while being cruelty-free!
So what are you waiting for? Head to beautifulrights.com and pick your favorite shade of lipstick while supporting women and what they stand for around the world. While treating yourself, treat your girlfriends to a shade or two while you are at it. Beautiful Rights’ mission is “We are bold, we are beautiful, and we are standing up for our Beautiful Rights.”
For more, follow their Instagram at @beautifulrights
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5 Moisturizing Lipsticks Under $25


Now that winter is in full swing, it’s time we start to change our beauty routine to fit the season. Luckily, there are thousands of products that cater to various needs, making it easier to change up our beauty products. This past summer, matte lipsticks were all the rage, but now that the wind is picking up and the temperatures are dropping, our lips are begging to be anything but dry. As we’re in the middle of gift-giving season, our wallets are begging for mercy too, so we gathered our top 5 moisturizing lipsticks under $25! Read on to find your favorite lipstick this season.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Moisturizing Lipstick, $3, target.com
Containing key ingredients for moisture, Shea and Vitamin A, C, & E, this lipstick will last long and provide comfort while keeping your lips velvety, soft, and hydrated. A complete steal at just $3 each!
MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick, $23, MACcosmetics.com
If you’re treating yourself or a friend, this lightweight lipstick is worth it. Instantly feel nourished lips with a 77-mineral moist complex that lasts for six hours and smoothes lips with a shiny, luminous finish.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick, $6.99, ulta.com
Another drugstore steal! Choose from an assortment of rich colors and feel Vitamins A, C, & E working on your lips instantly.
Butter London Moisture Matte Lipstick, $22, butterlondon.com
I know what you’re thinking: a matte moisturizing lipstick? Fear not with Butter London’s triple butter complex formula! Slide this on and reap the moisturizing benefits while pulling off a velvety, matte finish.
RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick, $18, realher.com
RealHer’s Moisturizing Lipstick is enriched with Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Jojoba Seed Oil, leaving your lips as soft as a baby’s bottom, with a creamy satin finish look. Even better, they are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and gluten, while remaining natural and cruelty-free. To top it off, if you end up not liking the items you ordered, you can exchange them with no need to return or ship back!
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5 Moisturizing Lipsticks Under $25: Photos Courtesy of Target, MAC Cosmetics, Butter London, Ulta, and RealHer. Featured image courtesy of Rimmel London

The Perfect Red Lip


Most women shy away from wearing red, thinking it does not compliment their skin tone. Chances are high that they’ve tried a red that doesn’t match their complexion and decided they will not wear red again, under the belief that no shade of red is for them. Well, ladies, there is a shade of red that is right for you. It’s all about opting for the correct red! First, you need to determine what your undertone is. You do this is by turning your wrists over, so your palms are facing upwards. If you see blue veins, you have a pink undertone, so you have a light complexion. If you green veins, you have a yellow undertone, which means you have an olive/medium complexion. If you have both blue and green veins, then you have both, yellow and pink undertones, which means your complexion is light/medium. Read on for a hopeful little guide to determine the right hues for your skin tone. BY STACEY CAMACHO

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Light Skin
If you have a pink undertone to your complexion, then your complexion is considered to be cool. Therefore, deep reds like wine, burgundy, rosewood, cranberry, carmine, and maroon would best suit your skin tone.
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Light/Medium Skin
Lucky you—you can wear all hues of red! If you feel like enhancing the cool undertone of your complexion, then opt for a deep red. Otherwise, smear on a true, bright red to show off that warm skin tone of yours.
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Medium Skin
I hope you like bright reds, as they are the perfect hue for you! Bright reds such as scarlet, electric crimson, Spanish red, ruby red, and Ferrari red are your match. There is also an option of true red, which would look fabulous on you. True red is a red that has the perfect balance of blue and orange undertones, so it isn’t too bright or too dark and is just right, such as ruby.
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Dark Skin
If you have dark skin, then deep reds will be your friend, as will true red lipstick; it totally compliments you. Pair the red lips with clean eye makeup, or with smoky eyes for that ultra-glam look.
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Stacey Camacho has been a certified makeup artist for over five years. She had attended the School of Makeup & Esthetics, one of the top makeup schools in Toronto, Yorkville. She has applied makeup on celebrities, politicians, models, television personalities, and athletes. She has lend her makeup skills for TV, such as talk shows, music videos, and commercials, plus for several photo shoots. She has been on TV as a beauty television personality offering her beauty tips, tricks, and techniques, along with being published as a beauty writer. Stacey has a beauty blog that has reached over 12,000 views in its first year, almost quadrupling by the end of its second year. There have been large cosmetic companies that have used her articles, even having to collaborate with her. Lastly, Stacey has interviewed Peter Nygard on his latest innovation, Nygard Slims. All in all, Stacey has a passion for all things beauty, fashion, and writing.

The Perfect Red Lip was originally published as “The Best Red” in Cliché Magazine’s Dec 2014/Jan 2015 Issue

Vienna Victoria Interview


CSC_0025Satin Van Cleef is the genius behind every woman’s life-saving need-to-own accessory. A favorite of heiress Jaimie Hilfiger, Vienna Victoria is the jewelry line that doubles as a lipstick holder. The mother of two and businesswoman is taking the beauty and jewelry industry by storm with her practical and luxurious creations. Cliché caught up with the designer to discuss her thriving business.

Cliché: How did you come up with the concept of merging lipstick and jewelry together?
Satin Van Cleef: I was on my way to a New York Yankee’s game and had on a cute pair of skinny jeans. I didn’t want lipstick bulging out of my back pocket and was not in the mood to carry a bag. I wanted to be carefree and hang out with the guys, but of course still be able to touch-up easily.

How do you juggle your flourishing business and being a mom to your two daughters, who you named your company after?
It is not easy, but it is so worth it. Showing them that success is earned and not expected is the greatest gift a role model can give. They know that I go back to work after tucking them into bed because after school they have all of me. I gave up 9-5 and embraced 24/7 a long time ago. Honestly, I feel like a fraud sometimes because I don’t know how the women before me did it without Wi-Fi and smart phones. The ability to be so mobile helps me have a career and be the involved mom I want to be for my girls.
How does Vienna Victoria jewelry/makeup work? Once the lipstick finishes, can it be replaced?
The great thing about Vienna Victoria is that the lipstick can be replaced or switched out to one of six different colors at any time. Let’s face it: we all like different colors at various times of the day, so being able to change up lip colors is just one of the many features that makes the brand unique. How many times do we change our outfit before leaving the house? We shouldn’t have to be held down to one lip color.
Can you buy lipstick and jewelry separately?
Yes, you can buy the jewelry and lip colors separately. There are two different lip color sizes: small for the rings and large for the bracelets and necklaces.
You focus on supporting women and encouraging young girls to dream big. How does your product encourage women?
I think it is important for women to embrace their natural beauty and focus on loving themselves for who they are. Makeup can transform a look, mood, or attitude, and I love being a part of giving women that empowering feeling. Lipstick makes me feel more sophisticated. Plus, lip colors can provide a subtle elegance that going bare does not always provide. For instance, dry, chapped lips do not pair well with a cocktail dress. Lipstick makes a woman ready to go and put her best face forward, giving her the confidence she needs to take over the world!
What’s the next step for Vienna Victoria?
I am excited to get back to designing very soon! I have had such a busy year traveling and attending conferences, which was wonderful, but my true passion is working with the factory on new designs.

To shop the collection, visit www.viennavictoria.com

All images are courtesy of Vienna Victoria
Vienna Victoria Interview “Lipstick Lovers: Vienna Victoria” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Aug/Sept 2014 issue.

Merle Norman 2014 Spring Collection Review


With warm weather on the way, we were ecstatic for the debut of Merle Norman’s new Color Collection. The cosmetics come in flattering hues that make our faces flawless. From creamy lipsticks to soft and subtle blushes, check out our thoughts in this Merle Norman 2014 Spring Collection review.

Nothing brings more attention to our faces than a luscious colored lip, and with shades to compliment all skin tones, the long-lasting lipsticks by Merle Norman are perfect. The Creamy Lipcolor Just Right says it all in the name: it is “just the right” shade of neutral with a hint of warm color. This lipstick is great for an everyday look, day or night. The Age Defying Lipcolor The One is a darker shade of pink that leaves an overall warm look. Lipsticks in pop colors are the latest trend and the Creamy Lipcolor Late Bloomer gives us a stunning coral highlight while remaining subtle and delicate, just like spring flowers. The lipsticks leave your lips feeling moisturized and refreshed.

While the three Lipcolors are fabulous, my favorite piece from the collection is the Lip Polish Confection. The sparkly pink gloss goes on smooth and leaves my lips feeling kissable and shiny. You can wear the Lip Polish over lipstick or by itself—either way your luscious lips look dazzling. I topped the Late Bloomer lipstick with a coat of Confection for a glossy finish and loved the romantic look of the lip duo.

The Age Defying Eyeliner Charcoal is lighter than the typical black eyeliner, but still gives you intense and sexy eyes. The long-lasting and defining eyeliner also features a smudger to help intensify the dramatic look.

The Lasting Cheek Color Fancy Free is a great way to add some color to your winter skin. With a light shimmer, the soft pink blush is a perfect shade to top off the newly warm weather glow. The light-weight and oil-free blush looks immaculate and is an excellent tool to help contour cheekbones.

The great thing about Merle Norman cosmetics is that the products are long-lasting and dermatologist tested. The collection ranges from $14 to $20 and is available to purchase at one of their studios located in the United States, Canada, and globally. Make sure you get your hands on these limited colors before they run out! BY TATIANA STEC

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