Hello, friends! First off I want to welcome you back to MissMaven.com. You may have noticed I took a little break during the holidays just to get some rest. I extended my break into January because I also wanted to update the look of my blog, so I hope you like it! This is me officially signing back on.

Now, on to the fun stuff!

By now you must know I am totally in love with the LORAC Alter Ego Lipsticks. These are just the most beautifully pigmented matte lipstick shades, and despite being a matte formula my lips never get dry. It’s really the most unique lip formula I’ve used! LORAC has just come out with a gift set, which you can find at Kohl’s, featuring a sleek new gold packaging. The gift set includes five of their best selling shades, and three of my personal favorites happen to be in it! (That would be Duchess, CEO, and my number one: Seductress.)

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And the savings continue!! This Black Friday deal is strictly for your pout: Motives Cosmetics is offering 35% off of their lip boosts, a collection of sheer hydrating lip colors. These are all neutral shades (frost and no frost) and they actually enhance your natural lip color, hence the name. My personal favorites are Rare and Riot (the first and third shades in the photo above); Rare is more of a deep cinnamon shade while Riot is a beautiful nude blush.

And here’s a tip: Check back on the Motives website on Monday for a special Cyber Monday surprise!!

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Ahhhh, NYX… Affordable, great quality, and cruelty free?! Doesn’t get much better than that. I’m particularly obsessed with their lip products; from the Butter Gloss to the Soft Matte Lip Cream, I’m going nuts for these NYX lippies.

Here’s a demo of some of the NYX lip products, and the names of each product and color from top to bottom:

Soft Matte Lip Cream in Sydney
Xtreme Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz
Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa
Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie
Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo




Spring is an exciting time of year because we get to bring back all the fun colors!! I’m sharing some of my favorite lipsticks for the season, some extra bright and funky, and a couple more on the soft, neutral side.

Here’s what I used:
YSL Rouge Volupte in #11
Flower Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color in Petal Kiss
MAC lipstick in Up The Amp
MAC lipstick in Morange
NARS Sheer Lipstick in Gypsy


Red and pink are usually the colors that come to mind when we think of a bold lip color. But purple is it! In this photo I’m wearing “Up The Amp” by MAC… It’s my favorite lipstick right now. It’s just the perfect vibrance and hue, and the photo actually makes it look even brighter; in person, it’s still conservative enough to wear to dinner or even during the day.


I wore it last night to dinner with my college roomies. Every year we have our own Valentine’s Day celebration together and this year we decided to spend it at Le Oyster Bar in Silverlake!