New Beginnings: GL&L is More than Lipstick!


I could give a million (or at least ten :)) good reasons for taking a break from blogging the last six months, and they would all be genuine, but none more true than that I just did not feel motivated to post! The Lord has been dealing with me in so many areas of my life, that truthfully, makeup and beauty just didn't feel significant enough to spend time on.  I've come to that complex place of knowing that Grace Love & Lipstick is something I love and that I'm good at, but also acknowledging that my reality is so much more than beauty! Being a full-time mom is all-consuming and 9 out of 10 times, I don't even think about wearing makeup. As much as I love it, and live for new products, actual application is…

September 1, 2016

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm


As much as I love makeup, I can not stand when it's time to take it off. You know the relief of taking your bra off after a long day? Yea, no. Putting that cold, wet, wipe to my skin is the opposite of comfort when I'm trying to relax before bed! In my efforts to create a better night time routine, I thought to give the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm a chance. The product comes in an unscented solid form and once rubbed together in your hands, turns into a silky oil. This stuff literally melts the makeup off your face! I enjoy it because it's softer than using a wipe and I don't experience the same tugging and pulling on my skin to remove tough makeup. This has also been…

March 2, 2016

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint


I'm on a quest to master flawless skin, so I've become a bit of a foundation hoarder! My favorites are usually those with the lightest coverage, and that leave me looking as if I'm wearing nothing at all. As many as I've tried lately, the new NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint is one I keep going back to! Because it is a "Skin Tint" you're not going to get full coverage out of this product, but just enough to even your complexion and blur imperfections. The Velvet Matte texture is so unexpected and nice that I'm tempted to abandon my favorite dewy finish foundations; not really, but I do love how the effect really softens your features! Although the name does say "Matte," because the product is a tint, it isn't going to stay in place…

February 26, 2016

Glowing Cheek Lineup


I don't know about anyone else, but I want to look like I stepped off a beach all year round, so when it comes to cheek products I stick to anything that has a glow! On any given day, I'm sure to be wearing at least two of these products: NARS Laguna Bronzer: The only bronzer I really wear. I use this as my "contour" even through technically I don't consider it to be. I just like to add warmth and shape to my face with this product. NARS Orgasm Blush: The OG! I've been wearing this since before I even knew what it took to put together a full face. It's just the perfect peachy pink. NARS Narcissist Spring 2016 Cheek Palette: I don't care for the universal highlight and contour colors in this palette,…

February 12, 2016

BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation


A good foundation is just that: a good base to build the rest of your makeup on top of. Generally, no matter the look I'm going for, I want the foundation I'm wearing to make my skin look better than it does without it. My favorites always keep my skin looking like skin, are usually on the dewy side, and leave me looking like an airbrushed version of myself! Enter the new BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation! The packaging, like all BECCA products, is sleek and high quality. Liquid foundation is dispensed with a glass dropper that is filled by pressing the raised button on the top of the bottle. I love the presentation of the foundation, but I definitely would not consider it travel friendly, which isn't a deal breaker, but it does…

February 12, 2016

#MOTW: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette


To the average person, it may seem like I have enough eye shadow palettes to color my face for the next several years, but for the beauty obsessed like myself, it's common knowledge that you can NEVER own enough eye shadow, even if you hardly use it and especially if they smell like chocolate! This palette is the first in a range of similar "Chocolate" palettes released by Too Faced that include the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar and the newly released Chocolate Bon Bons Collection. On a random, online, late night, makeup splurge I added this to my cart & I'm so happy I did! The shadows are said to be formulated with rich cocoa powder and are buttery smooth, blend beautifully, and have great pigmentation. The kit includes 6 matte and 10 shimmer shades of…

February 3, 2016