The Quintessential Pinup Red

Over the last few years, I have been trying tirelessly to find the quintessential pinup red lipstick. In my eyes, the ideal red for my fair skin tone is definitely blue based, so I always to steer clear of the reds with orange hues. Let me caution you to be prepared to pick up the tab on a few misses before finding what works best for you, it is truly a case of trial and error. When the day finally comes and you find your Holy Grail…make sure to stock up as you’ll be devastated if it gets discontinued!

The very first red lipstick that I ever tried was Mac’s Matte Ruby Woo; which is actually THE best selling red lipstick on the market today. Ruby Woo came highly recommended by various pinups in the industry along with it being Dita Von Teese and Scarlett Johansson favorite as well. This was my go to red for some time but since it is an extra matte, I found it to be very drying on my lips. It would also smudge easily and end up on my teeth all the time, which we all know is quite embarrassing. This made me realize Ruby Woo wasn’t the right fit for me and I needed to find a lipstick with lasting stay on power and wouldn’t leave my lips in dire need of moisture.

red-lipstick-MAC-Ruby-Woo-vogue-28nov13-pr Testei-batom-ruby-woo-MAC-03When Kat Von D launched her own makeup line at Sephora, I knew she would create some killer red lipsticks as she is known to wear them religiously herself. Who better to design the ideal shades of lipstick than someone who has probably tried more than we can ever dream of. When she released her Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, I went straight for the Outlaw Brick Red. It was my ideal opaque true pinup red in a long lasting lipstain. It goes on as a smooth liquid and quickly sets as a stain. A little goes a long way too. I love that it never accidentally ends up on my teeth and lasts throughout the day with only minor touch ups. I find stains like these are better for the warmer month as winter dry cracked lips just don’t pair well together.

Outlaw_8da661f1-3390-495a-a4b9-3f49f633b371_1024x1024 IMG_0292Luckily for all of us, Besame Cosmetics saw the need to bring back all those timeless shades from the 1920s-1950s and reformulate them for the modern day pinup. With several gorgeous reds to choose from, I decided upon the Besame Red and Red Velvet for my first purchase. Low and behold, I just discovered my Holy Grail in the quintessential pinup red lipstick. The Besame formula goes on super creamy, opaque and so rich in colour. I switch between both colours regularly; Besame Red is a more vibrant true red and the Red Velvet is a deeper red. These are the two lipsticks I wear faithfully, on the blog and every day as they are hands down the best I have ever found to date.

lipstickcolorsforweb_1500 95ac47dd358488798bec202b55f48776The search for your ideal pinup red lipstick might be like chasing a unicorn but I can assure you that one day you will capture it with a little perseverance. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try shades that you might think twice about, they may just surprise you yet.

Have you discovered your quintessential pinup red lipstick? Please share with us what it is….

Kat Von D’s One Of A Kind Beauty Collection

There is no secret in the fact that I’ve been a HUGE Kat Von D fan over the years, her beauty and talent is truly one of a kind. When Kat released her first book, I traveled to Toronto and waited in line for over three hours just to have the chance to meet her and get my book autographed. The Sephora staff all gush on how down-to-earth she is and truly appreciates her fans which was very evident when I met her as well. Needless to say, when her makeup line was released I had to try it…not knowing I would fall in love all over again. The quality is hands down one of the best when it comes to the luscious, highly pigmented and long lasting products.

Now it’s time to share the fabulous products in my growing Kat Von D collection.

True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig

The very first item I purchased immediately following the release of Kat’s cosmetic line was the True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig (named after her late hairless cat). This palette is full of wonderful neutral staples with perfect compliments to create a beautiful smokey eye in natural tones. My favorite colors are Orbi and Dimebag, both stunning shades of shimmery green. The palette comes in a fabulous case adorned with Kat’s artwork.

High Voltage Eye Primer in skin

The problem I have always struggled with was trying to achieve the true color of the eyeshadow I was applying. Other eye primers did not seem to provide the proper base and decided to try the Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in skin. Immediately I could see the primer was thicker and concealed amazingly compared to other brands. It does not crease or cake even after hours of wear. It has become my go-to eye primer and highly recommend it to everyone.

Triple Threat Tattoo Liners

The Kat Von D Triple Threat Tattoo Liners are the holy grail for vintage pin up lovers! Before I owned the trio, there was absolutely no way I could achieve a perfect cat-eye being so unskilled when it comes to makeup application. The set comes with three different style eye liner tips; Saint – skinny tip, Poetica – bold chiseled tip, Sinner – medium tip. All three are waterproof and more importantly, quick-drying. What I love most is the fact they are super easy to use with the unique felt tip applicator and go on so smoothly. They will last you all day and never crease or crack. The trio set is a MUST HAVE for all!

P.S. The liner that gets used the most is definitely Sinner.

Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw

The most recent addition to my collection is the Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw. This shade is the most true pin up red I have ever found in a lip stain. It goes on amazingly smooth and dries super quick so you won’t have to worry about transfer onto your teeth or clothes. In my experience, it does not dry out your lips like most stains and last for hours. The only time I require a touch up is after eating. Again, another MUST HAVE for pin up girls!

Lock-It Tattoo Foundation

Kat Von D recently released the Lock-It Tattoo Foundation which is said to be one of the best on the market by the staff at Sephora. Hopefully I will get to try her foundation in the future and report back; once my Dior foundation is empty.

Whether you are a makeup newbie like myself or a hardcore junkie, the Kat Von D line is highly recommended for everyone. Make sure to check out your local Sephora and sample them for yourself…you won’t be disappointed!