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Autumn/Winter Lipstick Picks (Part Two)

15th October 2014

Group 2 So here is part two of my autumn/winter lipstick picks series! Like last time, I’m sharing some perfect colours for the cooler months, ranging from deep pinks to burgundy berry tones. I’ve kept the rest of my make up super neutral so you can see how the colours work on their own. Hope you enjoy!

Too Faced Collage

First up is the Too Faced La Creme Lip Cream in Bumbleberry (£18 from Debenhams/Boots etc). I’ve mentioned this one a few times in the past and it’s still one of my favourites of all time. It’s such a gorgeous garnet colour that’s absolutely perfect for light skin tones. Sometimes shades that are too deep don’t work on me so this is a great way for me to wear an autumnal colour that works with pale skin.

These lip creams are my favourite formula and if you haven’t tried them I really, really recommend that you do. They’re hugely hydrating, stay in place for hours and give a lovely satin smooth finish. Continue reading

Autumn/Winter Lipstick Picks!

8th October 2014


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Now we’re into October and autumn’s well and truly upon us I wanted to share some of my autumn/winter lipstick choices with you all. I’ve got a whole load in my make up drawers so I’m going to split this into a few different posts.

Today I’m bringing you five of my picks, which range from £1 budget buys to £23 high end choices and everything in between. The colours featured are everything from pinks to blacks and hopefully there’s something for everyone. Enjoy!

Revlon Lollipop collage

First up we have the Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop (£7.99 from Boots). It’s a deep pink that’s a great transitional colour to wear while the weather tries to make its mind up, like it is at the moment. Like all the Revlon Lip Butters, this is extremely hydrating and is great to combat dry lips.

MAC Plumful collage

Next we have one of my favourite ever autumnal shades, MAC’s Plumful (£15.50 from Debenhams etc etc). This one’s a Lustre finish so it has a slick finish that makes your lips look really well-moisturised – very important during the cool months when lips can get dehydrated.

Plumful is a plum-pink shade that’s a good one for anybody looking to try out berry tones without going full on burgundy. Plumful goes with everything and it’s always one I’ll reach for if I’m not sure what to use.

Make Up Revolution 100 Vamp

So…I wanted to show you some shades I love, plus a couple I really don’t think work on me. This is Makeup Revolution’s 100% Vamp (£1 from the Makeup Revolution site or Superdrug) and…yeah, I don’t think it’s doing it for me. It’s a cool colour and I think on darker skin tones it could look stunning but with my pale skin I’m not a fan. I think it looks a bit Halloween-y but I fancy blotting it and using a red on top to see if it’ll make more of a scarlet colour. We’ll see!

This has an interesting formula that’s almost a bit oily but not in an unpleasant way. It applies nicely but the colour comes out a little uneven, as you can see from the picture. That said, if you’re looking for something to make a real impact and have the confidence to rock a black lip – go for it! I’d love to find a way to make this one work for me so any suggestions, let me know.

Buxom collage My penultimate pick for this post (hello, alliteration) is Buxom’s Full Bodied Lipstick in Menace ($21 from Sephora but they don’t ship Buxom to the UK. Sad face). Unfortunately it’s come out a little bit red in the photo as it’s more burgundy in real life. It’s a gorgeous, creamy formula and also has a nice minty scent, which is quite a nice touch.

Hourglass collage   Last up is the Hourglass Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon (£23 from Space.NK). This applies a little lighter than it looks in the tube but it’s dark red liquid lipstick that has a gorgeous velvety finish. Once this dries it really stays in place and fades evenly to leave a red stain on the lips – handy if you don’t have time to keep touching it up.

So here are my first five choices – what do you think? My favourite is MAC’s Plumful but I’ve also made a big dent in the Revlon Lip Butter so those would be the top two to add to your wishlist, in my opinion. What are some of your favourite autumn lipstick colours?

Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick in Never Say Never

15th January 2014

Bare Minerals is one of those brands that I’ve always passed by and I can’t quite put my finger on why. I guess I’ve probably always thought of mineral make up as a bit lacklustre and, dare I say it, boring – but then this lipstick popped into my life and completely changed my mind! 

I’ve said it a gazillion times and I’ll say it again – PLEASE Sephora, reopen in the UK! I bought their Give Me More Lip set while I was in America last year and it came with a whole host of different lip products from a range of different brands; like a chocolate variety box but so much more exciting. 
One of the lipsticks in the box was the Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick in Never Say Never. It was one of the full sized products and I was immediately drawn to the packaging, which is shiny and black and has a lovely heavy weight to it. It opens with a fancy silver snap that slides back into place to close the lipstick. It’s all very swish and I’m pleased to report the contents inside are just as fancy as the packaging.
Never Say Never is a punchy, vibrant pink with a beautifully creamy finish. It’s so moisturising on the lips I can wear this, even on my dry lips, without a lip balm or anything.
The colour is BRIGHT, a bit like a dialled down Candy Yum Yum with a moisturising finish. It stays put for ages and ages and, thankfully, wears evenly to avoid the whole 90s Pamela Anderson lip liner look after a few drinks. Once the colour fades you’re left with pink stained lips so this is a surprisingly low-maintenance lipstick. Colours this bright usually make me nervous about the upkeep but this is an absolute dream to wear.
This has completely changed my mind about Bare Minerals and I cannot wait to add more of these lipsticks to my stash – I’ve got my eye on a couple of more neutral colours next!

Rimmel Apocalips

27th January 2013

At long last! Rimmel Apocalips are finally here! I’ve been desperate to get my hands on these ever since Fleur reviewed them at the end of last year and I genuinely counted down the days to January 23rd – sad, much? Anyway, I dashed to my local Boots on release day and promptly picked up six of the shades, partly because I’m incapable of self-restraint and partly because there was a 3 for 2 on all Rimmel products so why the hell wouldn’t I?

It was actually the two nudes that I didn’t buy and I’m definitely going to go back and get them soon (if the 3 for 2 is still on I’m thinking of getting the Wake Me Up concealer as my third item, good idea?). Nudes are something I’ve always been a bit nervous on as they do not suit my GIANT PORN MOUTH so I’ve held back but no more. I’m going to take the plunge. Nude me up, scotty.

But I digress.

In short, I absolutely love the Apocalips. After all of the hype surrounding them I was worried they’d fall a bit short but they completely exceeded my expectations. Halfway between a lipstick and a gloss they are pigmented like WOW and have serious staying power. I swatched Big Bang on my hand in Boots and the next morning a trace of colour was still there, even after a shower. Impressive!

The packaging of these lacquers is pretty standard but I like it all the same; the bottom half of the tube is sheer so you can get a realistic sense of the shade, rather than relying on a tricksy little sticker on the base. The lid is faceted to keep things interesting and they manage to feel sturdy but lightweight at the same time – you won’t even notice the weight if you chuck one (or six) in your handbag but they don’t feel too delicate. The applicator is a revelation as well; it’s a doe foot wand but it feels soft and full and makes applying the Apocalips nice and easy. The applicator is the exact width of my lips so it only takes two sweeps for total coverage.

Below I’ve shared some photos of each colour I picked up – close ups of each shade on my lips, as well as a full face shot and a snap of the tube itself. The close up lip shots were taken in artificial light and the face shots are in natural light – I thought it might be helpful for you guys to see both.

I am unsure why I appear to have jaundice in the Nova photo…

Of the six I picked up I think Galaxy and Nova are my two favourites, which definitely surprised me. I very, very nearly put Galaxy back as I thought it might be a bit too dark for me but it looks great; it’s not like anything else I have and it’s always nice to try something new. Nova is a lovely neutral that looks just like my natural lip colour, so it’s more subtle than some of the other shades. Enter Apocaliptic and Big Bang. Man, are these bright! The photos I’ve taken of Apocaliptic definitely do not show off quite what a vivid pink this one is – but it really is gorgeous. 

So there you have it. I’m overwhelmingly impressed with these – they’re undoubtedly my favourite new product of 2013 so far and I recommend them without reservation. Go, go, go – especially while the Boots 3 for 2 is still on!

Rimmel Apocalips can be purchased from Superdrug or Boots for £5.99 each.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters

20th January 2013

I don’t feel like there’s much I can say about these wonderful little lip butters that hasn’t already been said but I’m so impressed with them; they’re definitely one of the best lip products I’ve ever used and I know they’ll be a staple in my make up bag for a very long time to come. I’ve gone and bit crazy buying them but each of the shades I’ve bought is absolutely gorgeous and, of the six I currently have, not one is a dud.

The formula is more moist and creamy than a traditional lipstick, so they act as a balm and a lipstick all in one – I don’t find them at all drying, which is great news as I do often suffer from dry lips, especially in the winter. The colour pay off is brilliant, with each shade delivering high pigmentation and the collection is made up of a huge range of colours, from pale nudes to deep reds. I’m not a big fan of nudes (I don’t think nude lipstick is the great way to go for full lips – or not for mine, at least) so I haven’t tried any of those out but the richer colours look absolutely gorgeous.
The shades that I’ll be reviewing today are Candy Apple, Berry Smoothie, Peach Parfait, Lollipop, Raspberry Pie and Sweet Tart. Before I start I wanted to show you a picture of my lips without any product on, for comparison with the swatches of each lip butter.
And so, onto the shades:

Candy Apple is a beautiful coral red that I’m completely in love with. I’m quite pale so dark reds can sometimes look a little too much on me, so this is the perfect shade. It’s a great way to wear red without it looking too overpowering and I think it’s a great colour to start with if you’re a little nervous to go for a full on vixen red.

Berry Smoothie is a lovely neutral pink that I’ve been wearing to work for the last couple of weeks. It looks so subtle on the lips and I can’t get enough of it. It has a subtle shimmer to it and goes with any sort of make up look, whether it’s a neutral or a smokey eye.

Peach Parfait is a similar shade to Berry Smoothie but slightly more pale and with a little more shimmer. I feel like it’s a bit more of an evening shade than Berry Smoothie, simply because of the shimmer.

Lollipop is a great deep pink shade; it is quite a vibrant fuchsia so I think it looks better with a more neutral eye but it’s definitely one to wear if you want to stand out!

Raspberry Pie is a probably the most pigmented of all the shades I own and with one sweep across my lips the colour is absolutely saturated, which I love. It’s a little darker than Lollipop and the berry tones make it look a little less in your face.

Sweet Tart is the perfect peachy pink for anybody who isn’t a fan of shimmer. My lighting makes this one look quite shimmery but, as you can see from the photo of the lipstick itself, there isn’t a fleck of shimmer in sight! Sweet Tart does look quite bright in the tube but it’s much more muted on the lips, though it does deliver a lovely dash of pink.

The Lip Butters usually cost £7.99 but are currently available for £5 from Boots.

Have you guys tried any of the Revlon Lip Butters yet? I’m sure that’s a silly question as everybody seems to be loving them! Which are your favourite shades? Are there any I don’t have that you particularly recommend?