Monday, 15 June 2015

The Capsule Lipstick Wardrobe: NYC Edition

Hi, everyone! If you're reading this, it means that I'm already on my way to NYC. I'll be in the Big Apple with my parents until Thursday afternoon and could not be more thrilled about the trip. When it comes to vacation planning, I'm the ultimate geek. Annotated maps, shopping lists, checking the weather forecasts every few minutes. Yes, I'm a serious planner. The same goes for the packing process. While I used to bring a life's worth of items on a short trip, I've now gotten much better at only packing the essentials. I hate checking luggage, so that motivates me to keep things streamlined. That said, I still create packing lists an scrutinize each item closely. 

In terms of lipsticks, I'm bringing 5. I realize that for most peoples' 3-day trips this would be excessive, but for this lip product obsessive, I'd say it's a rather tight edit. I've chosen 5 distinct shades that will complement any mood, outfit, or neighbourhood that the city has in store. So here it is, my NYC Capsule Lipstick Wardrobe!





The Go-with-Anything Neutral
First up, we have the lipstick that can go with just about everything. Milani Colour Statement Lipstick in Naturally Chic is a warm caramel-brick neutral that is flattering, neutral, and long-wearing. When in doubt, I always have this in my bag! 



The Weird-but-Wearable
On the complete other end of the spectrum is Maybelline's Colour Sensational Lipstick in Lilac Flush, a pastel purple-pink with a lush sheen. It's a colour that is playful, unique, and statement-making, yet is surprisingly wearable and fresh.



The Hot Pink
No vacation wardrobe would be complete without a bright pink lippy. This time around, I'm bringing my brand new MAC Matte Lipstick in Pink Pigeon, which is ultra long-wearing without drying the lips out one bit. And it brings an instant brightness to the complexion!



The Cheery Coral
Given that it's summertime (and my frequently-checked weather forecasts say it's going to be quite warm in NYC this week), a summery coral shade is a must. I opted for Ilia Lipstick Crayon in Karma Chameleon, which leaves lips looking lush and ready to beat the heat. 



The Low Maintenance Red
I love a red lip, but wearing one can be a daunting task. So for this trip, I selected my easiest red to wear, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Personne ne Rouge. It's a gorgeous slightly orange-toned red that sets to a dry finish and does not budge or smudge all day. Nor does it leave lips parched. It's a dream! 


Here are swatches of my 5 selected lipsticks: 


With these 5 shades in my arsenal, I feel completely prepared. The group covers all of the shade bases, while each offers a completely comfortable, no-fuss formula. I know I'll have an amazing time regardless, but even more so knowing that my pout will be happy and painted throughout :)

Which is your favourite lipstick here? How many lip products do you bring on vacation?

Have a fantastic week! xo

27 comments:

  1. I think you picked some perfect colors! They are all great for summer - enjoy your stay!

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Deniz- we had a great time :)

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  2. Pink Pigeon looks so fun! Hmm I'd like to say I could bring less than you did here but then I started thinking about it and I don't think I'd be much better! At least you can get away with a carry on lol

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    1. Haha, yeah, I'm still impressed that I can do carry-on only. Luckily lipsticks take up less space than shoes :)

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  3. Naturally chic looks really different on you vs on me! It's pretty, but not as nude, on you.

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    1. Yes, it's darker and rosier on me than I expected, and I love it for that :)

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  4. They are great shades. You wear the bright pinks very well unlike I could ever do.
    I like that low maintenance red a lot.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenn! Personne ne Rouge is such an easy red to wear :)

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  5. Naturally chic and Personne ne Rouge are my favourites. They are very wearable shades.

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  6. I love the colors!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  8. That Ilia one is really quite stunning! And I'm quite impressed how you managed to get it down to only five! ;)

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    1. Haha, thanks! Ilia is such a worthwhile brand to check out. I reach for Karma Chameleon often! :)

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  9. I feel you, my makeup packaging is always excessive. I always overpack for my cosmetic bag and yet, underpack for everything else. I guess we know where my priorities are at haha!
    Loving that Karma Chameleon shade!

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    1. Haha, I totally agree- priorities! I think you'd love Karma Chameleon :)

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  10. For a second I thought you were wearing a pop of purple liner on your water line in these swatches, but I think it might be the lipstick that's pulling out the blue in your skin. I feel like it might look SO good on you though -- try Urban Decay Fishnet on the lower lashline if you have it! Though I think you might have an even better dupe from Tom Ford...?

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    1. Ooh, I love the look of purple along the lower lash line- I must try this soon! xo

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  11. lol all the options for 3 days! dude, i seriously hope you're there by now. what a nightmare w/ porter

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    1. Thanks again for the good vibes :)

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  12. Hey Jen, I hope you're having lots of fun in NYC with your parents! It's a nice selection of lippies there. I think you basically have it all! I haven't wanted to wear pink for a long time, but Pink Pigeon is stunning on you :)

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  13. Hope you have a great time Jen! The Ilia shade is gorgeous!

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  14. Ayyy, I forgot to welcome you back from NYC!
    Naturally Chic is a shade I've never seen before but I'M GON' NEED THAT. And of course, Karma Chameleon!

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