Tuesday, November 29, 2011

swatchfest: my favorite red lipsticks (& kitties)

NARS Heat Wave

I recently acquired NARS Heat Wave lipstick after seeing it on about five different bloggers, looking absolutely mind-blowing on each of them. I knew I had to add it to my arsenal, however small it is, of must-have reds.

I also picked up MAC's Such Flare from the Glitter & Ice collection, as it reminded me of a cross between Ruby Woo and NARS Jungle Red, two of my other faves.

As it's been over a year since I did a post about red lips, I thought it was time I re-introduce my faves, including my two newest additions. You can read my past posts about red lips here, here, and also here.

NARS Heat Wave

NARS Jungle Red

MAC Such Flare

MAC Ruby Woo

MAC Lady Danger

And swatched on my hand...

TOP: NARS Heat Wave, NARS Jungle Red
BOTTOM: MAC Such Flare, MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Lady Danger

I realized after taking all the photos for this post that I forgot to include Chanel's Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon. I store it, as well as some of my other Chanel lipsticks, in a mug on my dresser, away from my other reds! I wanted to give it a quick mention anyways, as it's a gorgeous red, and very different from the others I own. It's a deep, blood red, with a thick gloss-like consistency.  It's a bit difficult to apply because of the formula, but it's really stunning nonetheless.

I also forgot to take a photo of all the lipsticks lined up together. Total blogger fail.  I may have to update this post later to amend those two errors. :P

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! One of the downsides of working at Disney is that I always have to work Thanksgiving and Christmas - but it never gets me down for long. I love the holidays too much! Also, if you're wondering, I didn't do Black Friday shopping (I worked 10 hours on Thanksgiving and got home, exhausted, after midnight - all I cared about was sleep!), but I did get some Christmas shopping done over the weekend.  Lots of the Black Friday deals were still in place, too, so I'm glad I didn't waste my time/energy!

Next up *crosses fingers* will be my November favorites! I wanted to take pics earlier today, but it was cloudy and raining all day, so that was a no-go.

Oh, and before I go, kitty pics!

See you all soon, and hope you're having a great week - and getting into the holiday spirit, wherever you are! :D

Thanks for reading!

<3 Jess


  1. your black cat looks like my black cat :) love all the red lipsticks im not brave enough to wear red!

  2. I'm so used to seeing you in nude lippies but you really rock the red! And those kitties, awww...

  3. awwww i just love the kitties!!! how do you like the skin trip lotion? Heat wave looks soooo COOL!!! ive seen it on a few blogs too, it has a nice tinge of coral EEEEEEE want it now!!! thanks for the red comparison!

  4. Awww, I just adore your cats! Those reds are all fab, and now I'll have to try to be good and not buy Heat Wave (enabler!). I think reds look amazing on you :)I have been wanting to pre-shoot my Nov. faves, too but we've had nothing but ugly, gray rain forecasted and snow tonight! I'm a little worried it'll be late :(

  5. Heat Waveeeeeeeeeee! Nooooooooooo! You are the worstest enabler ever. I have vowed to myself to not by NARS (for the purposes of being mental), and now I totally like..want it. Bah! Love you, and your kitties are so cute. I like how the little ginger one was like..yelling at you for taking its shot :D <33 xxx

  6. Thanks so much for this one - so unsure of whether I'll like the NARS color and then I read your comprehensive review and now may have to pick up even more color than I planned!

  7. Is there a lipstick on earth that you don't look good in!?!?! Every time you post about lipstick I want to buy them all :)

    ♥ Jessica

  8. LOVE the reds! Oh, so hard to choose - they're all gorgeous! Love the kitty pix, as always!

  9. Thanks for your comments, lovely ladies! Ugh, I just realized I mislabeled MAC Lady Danger as Such Flare! I'm going to fix that right now!

    Nicola - I'm usually not brave enough either, but sometimes I get bored with my nudes and pinks! These babies are definitely NSFW, though!

    Vita - I'm going to try to rock Heat Wave this weekend! :D

    J - The Skin Trip lotion is great! It's a thin/runny consistency, but it really moisturizes well! And the scent isn't overwhelming either - kind of a vanilla/coconut, but natural, not artificial. Love it! Heat Wave would look awesome on you!

    Sarah - I hate when bad weather ruins photo ops! I was unsuccessful at shooting a FOTD too - I looked scary in every pic!

    Rachel - You need some Heat Wave in your life, my friend. NARS hasn't done many great lipsticks (in my opinion), but this is one of them that is - dare I say - glorious. Though you might want to test it out first, since I know your lips are more sensitive than mine. I can't wait for my YSL 108 to arrive!!

    Domestica - So glad it was helpful!

    Jessica - Oh girl, yes. Let's just list a few I can think of offhand: Blankety, Shy Girl, Double Spin, Barry M Marshmallow, anything with brown or grey undertones... but there are far too many that I love, that's for sure!! I think everything looks good on YOU!

    Mom - Thanks, lady! You're my red inspiration. :D The little meow-nsters say hello! <3

  10. Fantastic reds! My fave is MAC Russian Red at the moment.

  11. WOW, gorgeous reds!
    The Giorgio Armani Armani silk lipstick in number 10 is lovely red too, i think you will like it!
    P.S. Your cats are soooooooooo... cute, and it seems that they are so spoilt (so lovely)!!!

  12. I love Ruby Woo from MAC, my new found love & all time favorite!
    And OMG those kitties! :)

  13. AHHH! All of them look amazing! Kitties are cute as always. NARS Heat Wave *fans self* gorgeous!!!

  14. ok, what is the giant cupcake on your table for?? :)

  15. Vicky - Thanks for the rec! I'll have to check it out next time I'm in Neiman Marcus!

    Seana - Isn't Ruby Woo amazing? Love it!

    Danielle - I think you would totally rock Heat Wave. I always like orange-toned lipsticks on you!

    GlitterLette - LOL! It's a hidden lipstick stash, of course! Not really, just for plain ol' bathroom storage, but wouldn't a hidden lipstick stash be funnier? ;)