How to Prep Your Lips for A Matte Smile

How to Prep Your Lips Before Using a Matte Liquid Lipstick

If you took a look at my fall makeup haul, you saw that I have a bit of a thing for liquid lipsticks. I have about ten or so liquid lipsticks and I am planning on ordering more. Actually, the first red lipstick I consistently wore was a liquid matte lip. So why do I love them so much? They are easy to apply, usually very pigmented, and long-lasting. And I am hardly the only one in this love affair with liquid lipstick. From beauty supply stores to glossy high-end counters, liquid lipsticks are everywhere as the matte lip craze explodes. (Seriously, what were we doing before matte lips ladies?!)

I’m wearing NYX’s matte lip cream in Cannes. Can who guess who I was for Halloween? ^_^

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My Fall 2015 Makeup Haul


Last week I was having a conversation with this guy about men’s secret love of contouring, weaves, and fake butts. (They swear they don’t, but they lust after women who rock all three.) During the conversation, he said, “I like women like you who don’t wear makeup.” If you know me, you know I made a face (I can’t help it lol), laughed and said, “I wear makeup.” “Wait… you wear makeup?” I fluttered my false eyelashes and grinned with my lacquered lips and said “Yes. I have make-up on now and every other time you’ve seen me.” He looked a bit puzzled and I assured him I still look like myself when I take it off.

At first I felt some kinda way. I’m a beauty blogger! I spend a lot of my disposable income and time on this make-up! This silly man! Why doesn’t he know?! I don’t wake-up with this perfected cat eye bruh! This concealer ain’t bake itself!

Then I did an internal hair flip. I realized my makeup look is soooo natural, the average man can’t even tell. *insert finger painting emoji*

Yes I have on make-up lol
Yes I have on make-up lol

I normally go for a natural look:  slight undereye highlight, natural brows and lashes, thin liner. Normally don’t even wear foundation or eyeshadow. And contour? No sir. Not me. But this fall I have been trying to amp up my look. I finally (kinda) learned how to apply lashes. My lip color game is popping. I’ve even begun drawing my brows in while I’m growing them out. I haven’t spent tooooo much money on makeup this fall, but here is what I’ve hauled over the last few months Continue reading My Fall 2015 Makeup Haul

Fall Outfit Inspo: Light Layering

Fall Outfit Inspo-Light Layering Pieces

Here in the mid-Atlantic, the leaves are changing and fall is supposedly here. But every third day or so, it chilly enough in the morning to foreshadow the winter, and it still gets just warm enough to make me miss the summer. So today’s post is all about balancing the two using a bit of light layering! One layering piece, especially in transitional seasons, can both keep you warm and change up your entire look. It’s like having two chic outfits in one! Three popular layering pieces this fall include vests, leather jackets and ponchos.


casual fall outfit

Vests are really fun pieces for fall that can keep your surprisingly warm. Layer a suede and leather vest over a knitted maxi dress for an interesting play on textures.

River Island Dress: $70 // H&M Vest: $50 // Rag & Bone Hat: $295 // Alfani Earrings: $21// Lauren Ralph Lauren Bag: $178 // Topshop Boots: $120

Leather Jacket

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Every man, woman and child need a leather jacket and preferably this exact one from Zara. Without the jacket, the light and breezy fabrics can keep you cool during the warm afternoons. With the jacket present, the outfit turns a simple outfit very badass and very warm.

Zara Draped Blouse: $70 // Zara Leather Jacket: $189 // River Island Joggers: $24 // LC Lauren Conrad Ear Jacket: $8 // NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red: $24// Rebecca Minkoff Clutch: $90 similar here // Zara Flats: $50


fall casual outfit 3

This season, ponchos and wraps are a huge trend that hits the warmth level right between the vest and the leather jacket. It’s very easy to toss on and pull off and gives a hint of sophistication to even an all denim outfit.

Current/Elliot Chambray Shirt: $188 // H&M Poncho: $30 // River Island Jeans: $80 // Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Nude: $27 // Merona Suede Bucket Handbag: $100 // Miss Selfridge’s Nude Snake Court Shoes: $68

How are you layering this fall?

xo Antoinette

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My Allure’s Best of Beauty Picks

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Ehhhh. I’m a little late to the ball game her, but I just got an email from Sephora with their picks from Allure’s Best of Beauty list. And of course, as the beauty-obsessed blogger I am, I wanted all the things! But, that’s not reeaaalllyyy advisable or even plausible. So I had to pair down my list *sigh* to these 18 items. These are all products I use, I’ve tried out or intend to buy. The one’s I’ve used and can recommend are marked*.


  1. Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter, $17 at Ulta
  2. SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner, $11 at Target
  3. Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, $15.50 at Walgreens


  1. Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream, $32 at Target
  2. Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask, $7.50 at Sephora
  3. Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, $18 at Target


  1. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $20 at Sephora *
  2. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara, $24 at Sephora
  3. NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, $29 at Nordstrom


  1. The Original Beautyblender®, $20 at Sephora
  2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12, $18 at Sephora
  3. Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Hairbrush, $15 at Sephora


  1. Gucci Lip Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick, $40 at Saks Fifth Avenue
  2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer, $28 at Sephora
  3. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Collection in Blake’s Red, $9 at Walgreens


  1. YSL Black Opium Parfum, $67 at Sephora *
  2. Zoya Nail Polish Naked Manicure, $11 at Amazon *
  3. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, $3 at

What are some of your favorite picks from Allure’s Best of Beauty List?

xo Antoinette Childs

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My YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Review

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Last week I received my very first voxbox from influester*. (Thanks to Tasha of The Glossier for putting me on!) I received two satin-finish YSL lipsticks from the revamped Rouge Pur Couture line. The first is Rose Stiletto, described as a berry rose and the second Fuschia, described as pure saturated fuchsia. Retailing at $36 each, these are definitely a luxury splurge (even though they are still less than half the cost of the Christian Louboutin lipstick). So before you spend your hard-earned money on this luxe splurge, get into my review!

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