Red…enough said!

My new found love for red lipstick cannot be contained. When it comes to celebrity glamour, a fiercely fiery red lip is nothing new. But for the everyday gal about town, a red lip is a big deal. And I’m not talking about a toned down see-through sheer red tint (while that’s nice at times). I’m talking true, bright, festive red! The kind of red that commands the attention of the entire room (in a good way…not in an, “OMG, who’s that whore for hire” – type of way.

Prior to my encounter with the breathtakingly beautiful Poppy King (creator of Lipstick Queen) I never fancied myself to be the red lipstick type. I gave up on wearing red a long time ago. The wrong red has a strange way of aging you. Also, as a woman with rather full lips (au natural, baby!) I’ve always felt the need to shy away from too much color/attention the lips.

So back to Poppy King…earlier this year I had the privilege of working with Poppy King on the launch her latest collection, Chinatown. While spending time with Poppy, I decided to try HER signature color. Oh what the heck…”when in Rome”, I thought to myself. I have to admit, I was a little self conscious at first. How dare I think I can wear red??? After applying the lipstick I went up to Poppy and asked her thoughts. And in her lovely Australian accent she responded, “Ohhh, its gorgeous on your darling”. SO there! My red lip is Poppy King approved!

Ever since that day I have been absolutely smitten with red.  Not one to leave well enough alone, I set forth a quest to uncover more great reds! I think you will be very pleased with the gorgeous range of reds out there. So without further ado, here’s your ThisThatBeauty approved list of great reds!

I hope you fall in love with one or two:)

Lipstick Queen Red Sinner - This is the red that started it all.

And when I tell you I wore this puppy everywhere…I WORE IT EVERYWHERE…

Going on a coffee run, where’s my Red Sinner…

Running errands, where’s my Red Sinner…

I need a new facebook profile pic, where’s my Red Sinner…

At a Kiss New York Makeup event, where’s my Red Sinner?

Hanging out with Academy Award nominee Taraji Henson (not really…just a photo op), where’s my Red Sinner.
Pal-ing aroung with RuPaul, where’s my Red Sinner…


More Reds to love….Here’s ThisThatBeauty’s run down of amazing reds that have captured my heart and lips. Here’s to hoping you find your perfect red!

Smashbox Skybox

This three color palette offers the coverage of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss. The color to the far right, “deep red”, creates a beautifully bold and fiery pout.

Three Custom Color Specialists Lipstick in Rosie The Riveter

Rosie The Riveter is from Three Custom Color Specialists “A Century in Red” lip palette. The collection showcases some of the most stunning Reds of our time. Rosie The Riveter is a 1940′s inspired rich blue-red (available in the palette or in a tube)

The Photo Finish Lipstick collection offers lipsticks in three formulas - cream, shimmer, sheer. The three reds to catch my eyes are all cream formula and very hydrating. Try these three gorgeous reds….


2) Lavish

3) Legendary

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in NSFW

OCC Lips Tar in NSFW is ThisThatBeauty’s Recessionista Red! A pin drop is all you need for beautiful red lips. One tube will last a lifetime with product left over to be included in your will…and at $12.50, NSFW screams RECESSIONISTA ALERT!!!

Youngblood Lip Colour in Vixen -

A great mineral based red. Mineral makeup fans rejoice. Youngblood offers  a luxurious, moisturizing lipstick with great staying power. The formula is lanolin-free.

Prescriptives Colorscope Lip color offers two perfect reds!

The formula is extremely and moisturizing. It glides on like a dream!

1)Prescriptives Classic Red

Prescriptives Race Car Red

Smashbox Doubletake Lip Color in Cranberry

This wonderfully warm berry shades comes from the fall collection, Reign. Doubletake Lip Color is a liner and creamy lipstick all in one. The long wear portable stick is chock full of vitamins which help to nourish the lips!

So what do you guys think? Are you gaga for red? Do you see something in this post that appeals to you? Leave a comment. I love hearing from you:)


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  1. smartchic says:

    the smashbox lipstick is my favorite. love that red shade on you. :)

  2. Karen E. Duncan says:

    You have converted me to the "red side" as you know…just look at my Twitter profile pic! LOL. My favorite red lip color for now is OCC Lip Tar in "NSFW" and my Bilkerdijk Cosmetics "All That Red" lipstick wheel. I definitely have to try Poppy King's "Red Sinner" soon though.

    Great post babe!

    Karen (aka MakUpDiva)

  3. Deborah Estelle says:

    Girl! Where you been? LOL! Red will forever be the sexiest, coolest and most chic color for lips in my book! To me red screams confidence, allure and sex appeal. I love it! Go on' head and pass some red on my my way! LOL! Love your blog keep doing you sis! God bless! :)

  4. Catanya says:

    Hello! I have given you a blog award, check my blog!

  5. Caramel Diva says:

    I like them all

  6. Milan Angel says:

    You are working the reds girl! *thumbs up*

  7. Felicia/ ThisThatBeauty says:

    @smartchic – i covered several smashbox shades..and loved them all :)

    @Karen – You must try LQ red sinner. MUST!

    @Deb – Thx so much for the encouragement :)

    @Catanya – Merci!

    @Caramel Diva – Me too! Tee hee:)

    @Milan Angel – Thanks mama. I wanna see you work some red too. I know you got it in you, Miss Diva!

  8. Face Mode says:

    still loving red sinner!

  9. Melissa Street, Aileen Wrench, Cathi Singh says:

    Holy Red Hots Batman! You look amazing in Red! I will admit that my fav on you is the OCC! Now I want to see you in a really dark lip and light eye – like Nars' new fall color Free Ride!

  10. Felicia/ ThisThatBeauty says:

    @FaceMode – Isnt red sinner pure hotness!!!
    @Melissa – You have just inspired a fall face of the day look….keep your eyes peeled :)


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