Lip Product Addict Tag

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Okay, I admit it, no one has actually tagged me in this, but I really wanted to do it anyway. Here goes!

1. What is your favorite balm or treatment?

I have quite an assortment of different lip balms knocking about, but at the moment I am loving the Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Lip Balm. This is much more of a Christmas/Winter balm, but I love it anyway. It smells really good, and is nice and hydrating but not too sticky. It gives my lips a nice little tingle too because of the ginger.

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2. What is your favorite eye catching red?

Hands down, it has to be YSL Rouge Volupte in No 7 Red Muse. It’s an absolute classic pillar-box red and it looks sensational.

3. The best luxury and drugstore product?

My favourite luxury lipsticks are the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks. They are super creamy and amazing quality, but more to the point, the packaging is to die for.

My favourite drugstore lip products at the moment are the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers. The wands make them really easy to apply and the lacquers have great pigmentation. They stay glossy and shiny without being sticky, and the range of shades is lovely.

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4. Best MAC lipstick?

I only own one but it’s amazing! It’s from the Retro Matte collection and it’s called All Fired Up. It’s a sensational cherry red colour, which is super flattering and amazing quality.

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5. Most disappointing lip product?

This is going to be controversial, but I really wasn’t that impressed by the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick I tried. I found it transferred really easily, smudged, bled and generally went all over everything. Maybe I was unlucky and picked a bad shade, but it definitely put me off.

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6. Lip Liner: Yes or No?

I use lip liner with any particularly bright colour, especially red, as I find it stops them from bleeding. I usually use a nude liner or an invisible liner, but I also have a red which is a pretty good match for my YSL lipstick.

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7. Favourite gloss?

I only own one, that’s the No 7 High Shine Lipgloss in Whisper. It’s pretty when it’s first applied, but lipgloss just doesn’t do it for me. I really don’t wear gloss much at all because I find it only lasts 5 seconds.

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8. ..Something else?!

Got to give a huge shout out to the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms. I have the shade Elusive which is a really flattering pink. They are incredibly easy to apply; you don’t even need a mirror. They are also really long lasting. I’ve got my fingers crossed for some more wearable shades, as most at the moment are quite shocking, vibrant colours.

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I tag anyone who fancies having a go at this themselves!

Essie Cute as a Button and Play Date

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These are the first Essie polishes I have bought. I always thought they were a bit expensive for nail polish, even though I adore the amazing bright colours in the range.

I finally took the plunge and went for these stunning polishes:

Cute as a Button is an adorable, vibrant coral colour. It’s absolutely perfect for Spring and Summer and it’s really versatile.

Play Date is a deep lilac. I don’t think you can go far wrong with lilac, it looks great on everyone.

I’m so impressed with the quality of these polishes. They are super easy to apply as they have nice, wide, flexible brushes. The polishes are fast drying and really pigmented. Just two coats will give you a deep, even colour. I’ve also found the polishes to be quite long lasting. They don’t seem to chip very easily, which is a miracle for me.

Essie has the most amazing range of bright colourcoloured polishes, so I will definitely be looking at getting more now!

Mac 217 Blending Brush

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Today’s post is just a quick one about another makeup brush I’ve been loving recently. It was quite the luxury purchase for me, because £19 seemed rather excessive for an eyeshadow brush, but I had been on the look out for a good blending brush, so I decided to splurge.

The brush is arranged in an oval shape, with has fine, densely packed fibres. It is specifically designed for shading or blending of colour. I apply my base eyeshadow with one brush, then take a little of a darker colour on the Mac 217 and blend into my crease. It blends really really well to leave a wholly seamless look. It’s perfect for a smokey eye or a natural everyday look.

Is it worth the money? Well, it’s a nice brush to have and, if you can afford it, I’d say yes. If not, I’d strongly advise you check out the Revlon Contour Shadow Brush. That doesn’t pick up colour quite as well, because it’s softer and more flexible, but it blends just as well.

Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow


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I bought this Revlon Highlighting Palette the other day on a bit of a whim. It looked so beautiful that I wanted it in my life, even though I’d never used a highlighter before and didn’t really get the point. It has five different stripes with varying colours and amounts of shimmer. There were two colour variations: Bronze Glow which is primarily golden brown shades, and Rose Glow which is much pinker. I went for Rose Glow because the colour combinations are stunning.

To use the highlighting palette, you sweep a brush across it, gathering a bit of each colour, and then apply it to the areas of the face which catch the light, like the cheekbones and brow.

I was worried that the product looked so beautiful in the case that it would only ever be disappointing when applied to the skin. Luckily, I was wrong. It gives me a really natural shimmer to highlight my cheek bone and an overall bright, healthy glow. There is just the right amount of shimmer to catch the light when you move.

You can, of course, also apply the shades in the highlighting palette as individually. The  pigmented bubblegum pink shade in the palette can double as a blusher to give a lovely rosy glow to the apple of your cheeks. The palette could double as an eyeshadow palette, along the lines of the rose gold shades in Urban Decay Naked 3.

 

You Beauty Discovery August 2014

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Hello everyone! I hope you are having a lovely August so far. It’s time for my monthly update on my You Beauty Discovery box.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t too impressed with the selection of products this month. There always seems to be a lot of lip balms and anti-aging products. Eventually, I decided to just get the two different nail polishes on offer. I’ve never tried a Peggy Sage nail polish before, so it will be interesting to see what they are like. The colours are No. 751 Nude Poudré from the Nude Collection and No. 756 Sunny Sweetie from the Summer Collection.

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As always, we got a few extra goodies. There’s a 4 in 1 nail buffer, which is good, because my nail files are quite worn now. There are also sample sizes of Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum and Jimmy Choo Man Eau de Toilette. My fiancé will obviously be getting the man version! Finally, there’s a sachet of FaceD – 3-LURONICS Instant Effect Anti Wrinkle Cream Serum. This went straight in the bin if I’m honest. I’m so not interested in anti-wrinkle products at the moment!

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Overall, not a bad box this month, but we’ve definitely had better!

FOTD: Natural Rosy Glow

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I thought I’d do a quick FOTD post because I was really happy with how my makeup turned out today. I hope you like it!

The products I used were:

  • Foundation – No 7 Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation in Calico
  • Concealer – Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair and No 7 Match Made in Calico
  • Powder – Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent
  • Blush/highlight – Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow
  • Eyebrows – L’Oreal Super Liner Brow Artist in Brunette
  • Eyeshadow – Dust and Buzz from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
  • Eyeliner – Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black
  • Mascara – Max Factor Clump Defy

And I didn’t have lipstick on in those pictures but I later used Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive.

July 2014 Favourites

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I’m a little bit late on favourites this month, so apologies for that, and without further ado, here’s what I have been loving through this lovely warm July we’ve had in England!

Midi rings – I know I’m really late to the party with this one, but I spotted these adorable little midi rings in Dorothy Perkins the other day and I decided to take the plunge. I’m not sure why, but I think they are a super cute edition to a Summer outfit and I love how delicate and feminine they look.

Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Gold – I didn’t think anything could drag me away from my beloved L’Oreal True Match blush in True Rose, but I’ve been reaching for this more and more recently. I intend to write a full post on it shortly. It adds a beautiful shimmer to your cheek bones, and it has a little pop of rosy colour which gives a beautiful healthy glow to the cheeks. I find it works perfectly well by itself and I don’t need to use blusher with it.

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream – Since the weather has been warmer, I’ve been using this lots instead of foundation. It gives a really light, healthy, natural look.

Mac All Fired Up lipstick – I’ve pretty much fallen in love with this lipstick. It is one of the best quality lipsticks I’ve ever had; I can eat and drink and still barely need to reapply. It doesn’t smudge or bleed, even though it’s a dark, vibrant colour. It doesn’t need a lipliner and is super easy to apply so its perfect for Summer wear.

Essie Cute as a Button nail polish – I bought my first Essie polishes the other day and I’ve been really enjoying them. Cute as a Button (adorable name) is my favourite so far. It’s the perfect Summer coral colour. It’s really good quality and long lasting.