When I first started this little blog, I was all about smokey eyes and nude lips. In fact, you couldn't possibly get my lips near a bright colored lipstick. "It just doesn't look right" I often said. I have naturally fuller lips. A blessing some would argue, but I used to be terribly self'conscious about them. I felt like they overwhelmed my other features so I picked out lighter, softer looking lipsticks and glosses in order to downplay them. If you have read my blog for awhile, you know I have quite a vast array of "pinky nudes." Pinky nudes are makeup's version of a squishy down comforter or an oversized sweatshirt. In a word - comfortable. Safe. I know I can slap on my pinky nudes whenever I please and I also know that it will look "right" on me.


I'm feeling an evolution Readers, and it's coming fast! This season, I have a dirty little confession to make: I'm tired of the pinky nudes and have jumped into Fall and Winter's hottest makeup trend: colorful kissers. I believe Glamour Magazine called it "Serious Lipstick."

My tiny stash of serious lipsticks. Not for the faint of heart I suppose.
Left to Right: Revlon Matte Lipstick in Strawberry Suede, Revlon Colorburst in Raspberry, and MAC Lustre lipstick in See Sheer.

See Sheer was previously seen on me here:
This lipstick is a daily product for me. It plays to my subtle lip sensibilities. It's red, but extremely sheer and wearable. I will repurchase over and over.

Raspberry by Revlon. It has color, but if dabbed on still is also very wearable. I like to layer it over See Sheer. It also makes teeth look white!

Strawberry Suede by Revlon. This one's tricky! This one's fierce. But it isn't for the faint of heart. I definitely dab this one on, blot, then apply some balm. I orginally saw this featured on Cupcakes and Cashmere, and since I love Emily, I decided to be brave and give it a try.

Don't forget my lipstain post. I think stains are perfect for those of you who aren't fully into the bright lips. I'm still getting used to it myself!

My inspirations:

All over the Spring 2011 runways, expect this trend to stick around.
So, what do you girls think? Fun, flirty, pretty? Or too much?
♥ Noelle


  1. This trend is not enough! lol It's so pretty, fun & flirty! I love bright lips, I can't wait until spring! For now I'm into the dark lips for fall.

  2. Noelle-I love a red lip on you and myself...it goes great with our dark hair and skin color! The Strawberry Suede is my favorite on you. Have a fabulous weekend,


  3. Ashley: Thank you sweetie, have a fabulous weekend too!

  4. I think all three look great on you too! I felt the same way about my lips too! I'm still stuck on nudey lips though. Every now and then, I'll punch it up with a soft pink, but I just can't get on board with bright lips. It just feels too weird!

  5. So pretty! Those colors are amazing on you.
    I am a smoky eye/nude lip gal myself so I also have a tiny collection of bright lips.

  6. I love the strawberry color from Revlon! So so cute!!! Looks great!


  8. P.S. I think lips are one of the sexiest things on on a woman..very feminine and if you have big ones..i say flaunt it with the brights while we are young! ;)

  9. I'm completely a smokey eye/nude lip girl..have been for years. I've got Russian Red by MAC and a gorgeous red Dior gloss but there's just something about bright lip colour that makes me feel a bit clown-like?! I've graduated to peach and coral's this year...and like red lipstick for the Christmas season (how cliche heh?) but beyond that I feel safe with nudes! However these colours look amazing on you!!!!

  10. I've always felt that way too, like bright colors just didn't look right. But I did recently try a red lip, and I kinda liked it..


  11. Thank you for your input girls. I can see some of you are nude lips fans all the way. Totally understandable! And some of you are experimenting like I am ;) Then there's Katie, lol ♥

  12. Thank you for such a sweet comment on my latest post! I'm not going to change the blog much, just maybe make it a little less superficial. It will still be all me!!

    Do you feel like we should have it all sorted out? We are young and should be working random jobs to find where we belong, but I just feel like I should already know! blah!

    As for the lips. . I am loving bold colours. Rock it! xx

  13. i'm always so scared of bright lips! it also feel like it "doesn't look right" on me. I do want to try a red lip one day though.

  14. The red looks great on you... i'm not sure i can rock it! I always stick to glosses with a brown tint.

    <3, natasha

  15. Noelle, you do have some beautiful full lips and you should wear brighter lip colors more often!

  16. I'm usually all about nude -- or even completely bare -- lips, but I do love a glossy coral or pink lip!
    xo Josie

  17. I just found your blog it's great! I haven't ventured to bright lipsticks yet but I'm feeling it coming soon :)

  18. absolutely love that color on you! gorgeous love

  19. Emily: Yes, I think being in your twenties is confusing and it does seem like we should have it all figured out by now. But I know that's unrealistic. We have to be ok with faltering a bit. I know it's only natural! You did a great post and I was happy to comment ;)

    V: You should! I think a red lip would look amazing on you! Very old Hollywood glamour.

    Natasha: I bet you could! I think the trick is finding the right shade. Maybe a brick red would compliment your skin tone? Or a more orage red?

    Becky: Thank you! Your lips always look pretty no matter what color you wear.

    Josie: Very pretty, I love bare lips too. Sometimes it's all you need!

    Krystal: Thank you, I'm happy you like it! Feel free to comment anytime ;)

    Andee: Your post about berry lips was definitely an inspiration too ♥

  20. Wow, your lips look fantastic! Honestly if mine were that perfect I'd be wearing the brightest most eye catching shades of lipstick available to draw attention to them! :)

    The Strawberry Suede Revlon one looks beautiful and I think it manages to be seriously pretty but definitely not OTT ♥

  21. Hey Noelle, I love the Studio line brushes like OMG they're the best esp the flat top powder brush and the blushes :)


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