style + statement earrings for spring


I am really, really boring with my jewelry choices. Like, a typical look for me is usually a pair of oversize gold hoops or diamond studs. That's really it. I'm a pretty bold dresser, so I am unsure as to why I'm the complete opposite of terms of jewelry. 

SO. GOALS. Pump it up a little. 

And when I mean a little, I mean ridiculous and colorful statement earrings.

With statement earrings, I group the options into a few categories: fringe tassels, gemstones, beaded, and outrageous. For example, this would be in the gemstone category, this in the beaded, and this in the outrageous.

My top three favorites are the BaubleBar Gabriela Fringe Drops, Kate Spade Pretty Pom Tassel  Earrings, and the Shashi Zoe Earrings. The Gabriela Earrings come in more than one color, but the pink is just to die for. I've been so basic with colors lately (aka only wearing black) that a pop of color might be just what I need to not look depressing.



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beauty + how to get bedhead waves



For something that appears to be so effortless, getting bedhead, undone, relaxed waves actually takes a lot of effort. Every model ever claims to just be able to put their hair in a bun when it's wet at night, and wake up in the morning with perfectly tousled waves. I'm calling BS. I cannot go to bed looking like a mix between Miley Cyrus and Princess Leia and wake up looking like Gisele. Instead, I look like a maniac.

I much prefer to take way more time than necessary.

Usually, I start with washing my hair and applying heat protectant and styling product. My favorite is a mix of Pantene Pro-V Heat Protection Spray and Oribe Smooth Style Serum.

Next, I'll blow dry my hair straight with THE BEST round brush that I just picked up at Ulta. When I reach the top section, I make sure to flip my hair back and forth so I don't have a distinct part. I've been really toying with a close to middle part lately (a big change from my usual deep side part flip), so I like to have the option to change from a side part to middle part.

I have a lot of hair, but it's only shoulder length, so blow drying it doesn't take too long. Once it's dry, I'll section it off and begin curling. Right now I'm using a 1" Conair Curling Iron, but sometimes I use a flatiron and when it's longer I like the Hot Tools 1 1/4" Curling Iron. Really it's just personal preference.

I've found that using a flatiron is great if you just want a slight bend to your hair. I'll take a small section of hair and then, starting close to the root, drag the flatiron down in an S shape. These posts here and here from the Beauty Department are great if you want a visual for the S shape.

With a curling iron, I like to start mid-shaft, then curl alternating toward and away from your face. SECRET WEAPON: Drag the curl out. Thank you to the Beauty Department for this little trick. It gives your hair the edgy vibe instead of regular curls. A lot of people like to leave out their ends, which works too, but I prefer the drag.

I have a lot of hair, so no matter what method I use I always section my hair to be more manageable. Start at the bottom, end with the top section closest to my face.

After I'm done with the heat styling, I like to use a couple of different products. Prêt a Powder from Bumble and Bumble is great if you want the "fuzzy" vibe. Just tap it on your roots and then kind of rough up where you applied it. My all time favorite bedhead hair product is Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray (no shock there, considering it's all anyone can talk about). A little goes a long way but it smells heavenly and DOES THE TRICK.

I have watched many a YouTube video about messy hair and am very particular about how I like it to look. My favorite how-to videos for bedhead waves can be found herehere, and here.

Any products / tips / tricks I should know about?



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beauty + my new favorite inexpensive skincare brand


Okay. Officially obsessed with Formula 10.0.6. No, this is not an ad. 

Whenever I go to Ulta to pick up one item, I end up leaving with upwards of 5. Self control is obviously not my strong suit. I have gone through my sheet face masks fairly quickly, and now I'm onto finding my new skincare obsession. 

Introducing Formula 10.0.6. It's an affordable skin care brand sold exclusively at Ulta. Having gone through a complete branding relaunch in 2009, 10.0.6 is now identifiably bright and bold. Like how cute is the packaging? Every product has its own color, which I absolutely love


I first tried Get Your Glow On, which (as shown above) is a "Skin Brightening Peel Mask" with Papaya and Citrus. I have normal skin that's on the drier side, with very little breakouts, so I don't mind trying different products (without fear that they'll wreak havoc on my skin). This product promises to boost radiance, which is always something I look for in a mask. I much prefer brightening skincare products!

I love peel masks, especially for brightening or detoxifying, because I honestly feel like they remove everything bad from your skin. I apply a thin layer of the mask (which really is just a gel) all over my face, and wait 20-30 minutes before peeling off. You're really only supposed to have it on for a few minutes, but I like to let it really soak in. 

Added bonus: 10.0.6 products smell so good. 




Recently I bought the Be Berry Clear Illuminating Peel Mask (another brightening product) and One Smooth Operator Pore Clearing Face Scrub. I have been in need of a good exfoliant (besides my Clarisonic), and I like ones that are on the grittier side. This product has zinc, oats, and pumice to draw out impurities and prep your skin so you have a nice, smooth base. 

Another added bonus of Formula 10.0.6. is that they're so cheap. $7 for each product! And, last time I went to Ulta, there was a buy one, get one 50% special for their products, further instigating my Ulta shopping addiction.

Have y'all used 10.0.6 before? What is the next skincare product I should try?


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beauty + my self tan routine


No secret that I love to be tan. I was pampered in North Carolina for the past 4 years since it was sunnier and warmer for more months out of the year. Now I'm back in CT and I honestly think I'm one of those people with seasonal depression. I need my vitamin D! 

It only started getting warm in the past few days, so I've resorted to popping a vitamin D pill and applying self tanner to get me in the mood for summer. My personal favorite sunless tanning brand is St. Tropez, and it never fails me. I've been using the Classic Bronze Lotion for about 2 years now, and recently I've started using the Self Tan Express Bronze Mousse.



The classic lotion is great and I highly recommend it, but if you're looking for a darker tan, opt for the Express Mousse. I've included a picture below of my legs before/after applying the mousse. I sincerely apologize for how blinding white I am in the before picture!!


So here's what I do: before I use St. Tropez, I exfoliate. This usually consists of dry brushing OR using Frank Body scrub or Bliss Body Scrub. Obviously the goal is to get all the dead, dry, winter skin off so the tan can last longer. Then, towel off and make sure you're completely dry. To apply the self tanner, I use the St. Tropez Applicator Mitt. This ensures that you're hands don't get discolored, and that the tan goes on evenly. 

I always start with my legs, and work my way up. I use two to three pumps on each body section, and make sure to rub it in very carefully as to not be patchy. BE CAREFUL AROUND YOUR FEET AND ANKLES! It's really easy for them to look fake! 

I go through every body part and do some weird twisting to get my back nice and tan....obviously it's easier to ask someone to do your back. 

Now, the face. It's totally up to you if you want to use this on your face or not, depending on the face makeup you use. St. Tropez has their own products specifically for your face, so it's your call if you want to buy those as well, but I prefer to just use the same product as my body. I'm not wearing foundation anymore, so it honestly works as a base for my skin! I put a small squirt of mousse on my tanning mitt, and then apply it on my face, paying careful attention to bring it into my hairline and my neck. Less is more, so start with a small amount and if you feel like you need more, then add a little bit at a time. 



The tan lasts a few days; it depends on which product you use and your showering habits. I don't really self-tan during the week, though. Mostly just weekends when I know I'm going to be going out and seeing people. 

St. Tropez is the first tanning product that I've used that actually make you look healthy and not fake. It works very well with my skin tone, too. That being said, obviously each product works differently on different people, so take all my opinions with a grain of salt! All the women I work with are now using St. Tropez; it's addictive!


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style + off the shoulder for spring



Hello hello, happy Tuesday, many apologies from the break in posting. Life happens! 

I went shopping last week for the first time in literally months, and while I was slightly unsuccessful in my style-seeking endeavors, I noticed that the off-the-shoulder trend from last summer has not died. It almost got to the point where I was relieved to see a regular tank or *shock* a top with the shoulders not exposed. 

Regardless, I still love this trend, so here are some of my favorite options that I've come across.

Plain and Simple Thanks Nordstrom. I love this tie-sleeve OTS top...literally the ideal dress up/dress down top that will last season to season. The thing with plain and simple OTS tops are that they let you go a little bit crazy with the bottom half of the outfit, as well as accessories. I'd love this paired with tassel earrings and white ripped jeans!  

Chambray J. Crew and Madewell are the resident queens of chambray in my opinion, and J. Crew currently has a short sleeved OTS top available. So blogger chic.

Embroidered and Eyelet My personal favorite variation of the OTS trend. First off, the Forever 21 white embroidered romper. I'm done. So friggin' cute. Pair with a denim jacket and sandals, or ankle wrap heels and crazy jewelry. I'm going to Charlotte next weekend so I have my eye on this romper for an inexpensive pick-up! Just to carry on with the cheap retail stores of years past, here is a black eyelet top from American Eagle. Hey, if it's cute and gets the job done, I will shop anywhere! And of course, Revolve has everything trendy and off-the shoulder, like this top from Parker and Lovers + Friends.

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beauty + an ode to ice rolling


I have a very large, round face. If I lost 100 pounds, I would still have chipmunk cheeks. Although I gained weight everywhere in college, a majority of it was on my face. Too much tequila and not enough water, plus a sub-par diet really adds bloat (shocking, I know).

Now that my face is significantly reduced in size, I like to take the necessary precautions to at least give the illusion of me having a striking bone structure.

Meet the ice roller.



I first read about it on my fave blog, and I'm hooked. I've been on a huge skincare kick and the ice roller really makes me feel like I'm having a facial without actually leaving my house. An ice roller is exactly what it sounds like; a handheld, steel roller that you put in the freezer to get nice and cold, then you take it out to roll it over your face. 

I literally bloat by looking at food and alcohol, especially in my midsection and face, so the ice roller is a nice way to combat puffiness. Every morning, I like to take the ice roller out of the freezer and have a nice little ice facial while I'm eating breakfast. The great thing is that the roller stays cold forever. While you do get used to it after a couple of minutes, if you let it rest for a few afterwards, then go back in for round two, it makes a huge difference; it kind of renews itself and goes back to being cold!



The ice roller helps with puffiness, fatigue, redness, as well as tightens your pores for a clear and soothed complexion. Use it if you have a sunburn, after an especially hard workout (get rid of that red face!), and the morning after a night with one too many margs. 

The specific ice roller I bought off of Amazon is currently unavailable, but similar versions can be found here and here
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what to wear + st. patrick's day


Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and for all of you who will be drinking Guinness at some Irish bar tomorrow night, it's the one day a year where it's pretty much required to wear green.

Which is way, like usual, I will be wearing black. 

I'm going to a St. Patty's Day party at a friend's apartment. Guys, I tried. I really did. I searched for like two weeks for green tops to wear to this party. Nothing. I could not find anything I would actually consider purchasing which is a real shame because I actually do like wearing green! I was totally open to wearing something brighter, but the world of retail was not on my side.

Last year's inspired themed outfit
This is only my second year celebrating St. Patrick's Day, and last year I borrowed a green top from a sorority sister. Green is hard to find! It's also tough because green on a computer screen is way different than green in real life. I wasn't willing to take that chance. Instead, I'm wearing this top in black (which is really more like dark gray, idk what colorblind person thought this top was actually black), jeans, and booties with some fun four leaf clover necklaces so I can at least pretend to be into this holiday. My last name is literally Holliday, I should be way more festive.

The green I was looking for was a perfect British racing green. Couldn't find it anywhere. There is an abundance of olive green, let me tell you. I'm not opposed to it, it just didn't fit in with my outfit vision.

The formula for this particular event is a green top + jeans + booties. Simple, comfortable, non-offensive, easy. If you're doing a bar crawl (a lot of my friends were in Chicago and Charlotte last weekend decked out in full leprechaun outfits), then you should maybe be a little bit more outragous...maybe even a t-shirt with something about being Irish on it? Idk not really my thing SO that's where my formula comes in! Easy breezy beautiful.

Have fun, stay safe, drink like you're Irish, and maybe I'll actually take pictures at this party to show y'all! 


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lifestyle + spring break recap


I'm back from Spring Break and I'm honestly questioning why I live in the northeast and not Florida. 

For those of you who haven't been following my trip on this blog or my instagram, I spent a long weekend in Naples, Florida with my best friends / sorority sisters from college. There are 7 of us in the group, and we haven't all been reunited since Wake Forest homecoming in October. I'm pretty shocked that we got our acts together and successfully made it to Florida all in one piece! 


I only packed black bikinis, and when I wasn't in one of them, I was in a tee and shorts (except for the one night we went out). Very boring fashion on my part, but I included links above to everything I packed, but unfortunately didn't end up wearing.

Real talk though: when you're out in Naples, it's not the time to wear your typical black uniform. Besides my bikinis (which was actually unintentional that they were all black, tbh), I packed a bright blue printed Lilly romper, a turquoise embroidered shift and seersucker off the shoulder top from Vineyard Vines. While I do love my dark colors, it was nice to actually wear something bright and fun. 

It's a shame that I'm back in CT now where it's 30 degrees out and I can't really show off my tan. Again, why am I not living on the beach? 



My friends and I all met up on Friday morning in Florida, then promptly headed to the beach to make the most of our few short days in warmer weather. 

One night we went to dinner (where we were the youngest people), and then ended up going to a nightclub...in Naples. Guys, I don't recommend. Very odd, despite the great music. We were also the most boring 23 year olds because we only lasted like 20 minutes at the nightclub before going home to sleep off the two drinks we had each. We're getting old, y'all. 




The next reunion is in the early planning stages. Two of the group live near me in the city, and two more could be moving with me to the city this summer. In a perfect world, we'd all live in houses next to each other on the beach...but we have to be a little realistic. 

Happy Tuesday!
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spring break + coverups


I've never really found a beach coverup that I've been in love with. All through college I ended up wearing oversize sorority tanks as my coverup because I couldn't find the ideal option. Obviously I still love shopping for them, but it's harder than it looks!

Let's start with Lilly Pulitzer. When I think beach, I think Lilly. They've actually toned down some of their merchandise to reach a larger customer base, which is honestly a good plan...I'm a converted ex-Lilly girl, and sometimes the prints can just all blend together. For this post I've chosen my two favorite coverups from their collection this season.

The Castilla Tunic comes in white (with blue embroidery) and navy (with yellow embroidery), but I strongly prefer the white. I love the pink tassels! The Nita Off the Shoulder Cover Up honestly looks like you could wear it off the beach. It's so cute.

If you're going for low-key, then the J. Crew Voile Tunic will do the trick. The whole menswear-inspired vibe is so cool, and it's the perfect coverup to just throw on.

Otherwise, I love the see-through eyelet look in black or white. I found this tunic at Nordstrom and it's just transparent enough. The high-key version of this is the Surf Gypsy Crochet Cover Up; really leaves nothing to the imagination, and you're already wearing a bikini. I have the Vineyard Vines Eyelet Cover Up, which is super cool because it's actually part of a collection that's made completely in Italy...and you can also wear it with a cami and white jeans to dress it up.


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spring break + swimwear


kate spade scalloped bikini (top | bottom) | l*space rocky bikini (top | bottom) | monday swimwear clovelly bikini (top | bottom) | o'neill batiki one-piece | ted baker plunge one-piece | triangl gigi bikini | triangl milly bikini | tory burch tie dye (top | bottom)

It's swimwear time! If we're going to be completely honest here, what you bring to wear on the beach is probably the most important part of packing for spring break (given that you're going to the typical tropical destination). Most of your time is going to be spent on the beach or by the pool in a cute bikini or one piece.

A moment of silence to praise the return of the one piece.

This year I won't be donning my usual obnoxious one piece (I'm a repeat offender of the "Bae Watch" red suit) for a couple of reasons. This is a reunion trip with my girl friends, not a beach darty in college. I also  have only a short amount of time on the beach, so I'd rather focus my time on minimal tan lines. But, I found a couple of cute one pieces while shopping for this post. 

If you're going the more chic and fashionable one piece route, go for a looooww plunge and looooww back. It adds a little bit of sex appeal. I'm not a huge fan of complicated straps or cutouts, so suits like this Ted Baker one or this O'Neill from Nordstrom are perfect. 

I, however, will be wearing this amazing bikini from Monday Swimwear. I have been wanting it for years, and for my birthday I got a "bikini of my choice" for Florida, so it was the perfect time to snatch it up! 

I'm a big fan of the black bikini (they're basically the only bikinis I wear), and you really can't go wrong with a black string bikini. This L*Space bikini is really cute too, and Monday Swimwear has a similar option on their website, too. I have always been obsessed with this Triangl bikini, but the thing is, they're really not flattering on me. Boo. 

So, I ordered the Monday black underwire bikini with this bottom last week. Obsessed. Will post more about it when I go through what I'm actually packing for Florida. But, I just found this Kate Spade pink scalloped bikini on Shopbop.

Guys. How stinkin' cute is this??? Like oh my gosh it's adorable! It's really girly and flirty and doesn't really fall in line with my style but I'm loving it! It also comes in black, which will probably look less ridiculous on me, but the pink is just so cute. Kate Spade has a couple of scalloped swimwear options this year, and this bikini is my favorite by far - love the strapless look. 

What cute swimwear have y'all seen this season so far? Let me know!


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spring break + beauty must-haves


Okay. Let's talk Spring Break beauty must-haves. 

Obviously, sunscreen is at the top of the list. But even before I get to the beach, I like to take the proper precautions so I don't look like Casper the Ghost in a bikini. Hello St. Tropez. In a few days I'll gave a complete run-down of my faux tanning routine, so today I'll keep it short. To give your skin a little boost of color before spring break, go for St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse. Always remember the tanning mitt so the mousse goes on smoothly and evenly. I've decided that I'm going to do my own self-tan instead of going to Palm Beach Tan to get a spray tan there. I am just loving St. Tropez! Also, don't forget to take the proper pre-self tan precautions!

I have weird skin in that when I was growing up, it was very sensitive and I would burn easily, but still get tan. Now, it's not very sensitive, and I can get very tan. While I obviously love my tanned skin and freckles, I have to be very careful to always wear sunscreen because large pores are not ideal. 

I just ordered Beautycounter's Protect All Over Sunscreen as my face protection for my upcoming trip to Florida. I'm obviously obsessed with all their other products, so I have high hopes for this new one. Sunscreens are unfortunately notorious for causing skin breakouts, and I am not about to wreck my skin! I have had completely clear skin (seriously - not one blemish in sight) since I started using Beautycounter in November, so fingers crossed. I'll keep y'all updated on my opinion of this sunscreen post-spring break.

Two face sunscreen fan favorites are La Roche Posay's Antihelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid and Neutrogena's Clear Face Liquid Lotion. I've actually used both, and I prefer La Roche Posay, but they both get the job done. I use at least SPF 30 on my face (usually between 30 and 50), and typically SPF 30 on my body. 

For the body, I definitely like spray sunscreens over lotions just because of convenience. Sun Bum is my personal favorite for body sunscreens, and you can find it at Target and Ulta. 

In case of a burn, always apply aloe! My friends always burn when we go on spring break, even when they layer sunscreen, and it definitely helps to have an after-sun lotion or gel to help soothe the skin. I'm planning on getting Sun Bum's Moisturizing After Sun Gel in case I get a little too much sun one day!

In terms of after-sun face repair, stick to a repairing and moisturizing face mask. I have my eye on a Sephora Lotus Sheet Mask for moisturizing and soothing skin - just want to add a little extra something to my skin!

Lastly, you can't forget about haircare. Direct exposure to sunlight is very drying, especially at the beach when there's the added salt water damage. I love a good beach wave as much as the next girl, but if I'm trying to grow out my hair a couple of inches, I don't want it to be a dry mess when I get home! I love the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, especially since it comes in a smaller, travel-size version - perfect for packing! I've been known to leave on a hair mask while I'm tanning outside; it's low-maintenance and adds an extra layer of protection. 

If you're more inclined to keep on the mask during your post-beach shower, then make sure to use Fekkai's Pre-Soleil Radiance and Protection Mist. I've been using this product for years. It's a quick-drying spray serum that protects against UV rays while you're outside. It's also great for saving your hair color so it doesn't get too brassy from the sun.

Post-beach, I like to embrace my beach waves. My hair is curly naturally, and when salt water and sun are added into the mix, I have the perfect messy ringlets. But, to recreate that look after showering and getting ready for dinner, I use Bumble and bumble's Surf Infusion Spray. It's the non-drying version of the classic Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, and while I do love the original, it gives my hair a weird texture. Surf Infusion has a mix of salt and oil to hydrate your hair while still giving it that beachy look.

What are y'alls beauty must-haves for spring break?

Here's to hoping that I can fit all these products in my carry-on.....

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spring break + cool girl sunglasses


On Friday I leave for my "Spring Break" trip to Florida with my college friend group! I put spring break in quotations marks because it's just a long weekend, but considering this is the real world, and the real world doesn't have week long spring breaks, this is as good as it's gonna get!

For the next week, I'll be posting about all my favorite spring break topics: swimsuits, beauty must-haves, coverups, faux tan tips, just to name a few. I'm very excited for next weekend, and writing these posts have actually helped me figure out what to pack for the trip!

So, first up: spring break sunglasses. Let's jump into it.

It's about time that I venture out from the typical Ray Ban aviator look. I'm pretty sure that any time I recommend sunglasses, it's the classic Ray Ban green and gold aviator, or a flash lens version. I truly believe they're the greatest sunglasses of all time, and are universally flattering, however, #newyearnewme, and I'm trying to be a little trendier and a little more adventurous in my personal style.

I love sunglasses, and actually have a small collection growing in my bedroom. However, they're just variations of the same Ray Ban sunglasses, and I'd really like to venture out into edgier waters.

Real talk: if you're looking for cheap but outrageous and trendy sunglasses, go to Bp. at Nordstrom, Free People, or Urban Outfitters. Not all of us are willing to shell out cash for a new pair of sunglasses, and they actually have a great options for spring break. Free People honestly probably has the best selection, which is so random to me considering their clothes are so absurdly overpriced. 

Personally, I have my eye on a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses from Urban Outfitters. How fun??

I'm really loving the 70's-inspired almost translucent colored sunglasses. Think Stephen Hyde from That 70's Show. If I'm not going for the reflective look, I'm definitely going for the barely there look. 

If you're looking for a thicker frame, I definitely recommend the Quay Cat Eye sunglasses. I have a bunch of friends with these sunglasses, and they're so friggin' cool that they're currently sitting in my shopping cart on Nordstrom. Definitely a statement piece, so those faint-of-heart fashionistas should probably try them on in-store before buying.

Tomorrow I'm running around on my day off to find a cute pair of cheap sunglasses. Fingers crossed I'll find some!
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beauty + berry lips


Happy Saturday! I'm heading to Sephora today to restock a few items (also pick up a few sheet masks), so I thought I'd check out their selection of berry lipsticks. I have the perfect red liquid lipstick (thanks Kylie Jenner), so next on my to-find list is a perfect dark berry lip.

I was inspired by this makeup tutorial by Lisa Eldridge of Rosie Huntington Whitely getting ready for a birthday dinner. She has the perfect grown out lob (#goals), glowing skin, and is wearing a majestic berry lipstick. I'm obsessed. Her lipstick was from her makeup line at Marks & Spencer, and while I'm sure it's great, I'm really picky about my makeup shades and really prefer to choose them in person.

Let's jump into it.

I would rather the lipstick be darker than rosy and bright. It also can't be too purple. I made my own lipstick shade with my Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette, and it was basically a dark purple. It was fine for the occasion (literally just dinner with my parents), but I'd really like to find what I'm looking for.

The berry lipsticks I'm most looking forward to trying are Anastasia Beverly Hill's Liquid Lipstick in Vamp, Tarte's Tarteist Matte Lip Paint in Acid Wash, and Urban Decay's Vice Lipstick in Blackmail.

You can't have a good lipstick without a good lip liner. It makes your lipstick last longer, and it's honestly just fun to do the whole shebang. Hopefully I'll find one that is a good match for my future berry lipstick!

I can't really vouch for any of these colors, I'm gonna be honest, but based on my Instagram, Pinterest and Google research, these are some of the best berry lipstick and lip liner options out there. If y'all know of any others, please let me know!
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