If I could only pick three lip products

My lipstick preferences have definitely seen a huge change over the years. In my sixth form days I was obsessed with the felt tips that stained your lips all sorts of weird colours, then I was all about anything that looked like a crayon and if it was orange, even better. I went through a phase of wanting matte lips dryer than the sun (as I think we all did) and then if it was a product I couldn’t apply it in under two seconds then I didn’t want to know. I was looking back at old blog posts (because your girl is running out of ideas – please help) and came across one from pretty much a year ago on what products I would choose if I could only have three and it made me think about how my preferences can change in just a year. So here’s my updated options if I could only pick three lip products to use for the rest of time.

LMX Matte Lip in Cupid | I’m a big fan of everything about this product. The colour, the texture, the smell (it smells like vanilla). It’s the perfect level of matte for me, drys down but doesn’t suck all the life out of my lips, and it doesn’t matter if you go over some bits to get an even coat. The applicator is big enough to give the coverage but small enough to be precise. I also love this colour because it’s pretty much my lip colour but brighter. This on top of the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk is my go-to evening out lip of choice.

Dior Lip Glow Hydrating Colour Reviver Lip Balm in 001 | Last year on my list was the Dior Addict Lipstick in Tout-Paris and although I still love that one, if I had to pick between that and the Lip Glow, I’d go with the Lip Glow. It’s so easy to wear, just slap it on and go, and it’s really comfortable on the lips. It goes quite pink on my lips but because it’s so sheer I like how it looks. In the summer this is perfect and I’m excited to crack it out on the daily again.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect | This one is very new to me but I’m already 100% obsessed with it. It’s moisturising but has a lot of pigment to it so is the perfect everyday product for me. The peachy-nude shade goes with my makeup on most days and I love it. The formula is fab and I think it makes me want to try other shades.

Dior Lip Glow | LMX Matte Lip | Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G

If you could only pick three lip products what would you choose?

Beauty Haul | Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced and Nip + Fab

I’ve said this already recently but I need to stop spending money on beauty. But then again there’s so much I want to buy! One shopping trip later and I have a nice selection of products, some I’d planned on buying and others that were more of an impulse buy. I’ve given them all a go over the last week so here are my first impressions and how I’m feeling about them so far.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara | I love this mascara, it’s really good. Back in the day I wasn’t a fan of a plastic brush but now it’s definitely what I’m drawn to when I want to pump up the volume. This one gives me length and volume and doesn’t flake off or end up down my face at the end of the day. If you’re in need of a new mascara and haven’t tried this one before I definitely recommend it.

Nip and Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask | Gonna be real, this isn’t what I wanted. I should have taken a picture of the thing I wanted to buy to make sure I got the right one but I didn’t, so here we are. I wanted to get a full size of the serum that I got in my Glossybox Advent Calendar but forgot it was the serum I wanted and picked the bottle that looked the most like the smaller size. Mistake, but hey ho I’ll just need to pick up another bottle of the real stuff at some point. Anyway I’m not mad about it but after a couple of uses I really like this product. It’s very much like the serum but doesn’t sink in as quickly. It says you can use it as a ten minute mask or overnight and I think it’s going to be more of an overnight thing for me. Giving me an extra boost of hydration.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish in Fair | Look at this. It’s so stunning. After my Laura Mercier powder finished about 12 months ago I’ve never really found anything that’s stuck so I thought I’d give something a little bit high end a go. I can’t give it a proper review but so far so good, I’m really enjoying using it. It’s so soft and buttery and does a good job of setting my base. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m getting on.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect | I have a couple of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks and although I liked them back in the day, they’re a bit drying and I don’t get on with the formula anymore. So I thought I’d give one of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G ones a go because they’re a creamier formula. I was also in the market for a peachy nude so Bitch Perfect was the perfect option. I am IN LOVE with this. Like seriously. I’ve used it everyday since I got it and it works with pretty much everything. I think it’s going to be my new favourite.

Starlight, Satin Sheets, Pink Sand, Pink Wink, Sunny Bunny, Tropic Like It’s Hot, Bitch Perfect

Too Faced Natural Face Palette | I’ve been looking for a face palette for a couple of years but nothing has really jumped out at me. Usually the shades are a bit too dark for my pale skin. But this one from Too Faced is probably my perfect palette. The shades can work day to day, with the Sunny Bunny bronzer being a fab match, but then I think it will also be fab when I’m a bit more tanned on holiday. I’ve put it to the test over the week and I’m obsessed. The formula is fab, the highlights are gorgeous and they just work so well.

What’s in my everyday lip stash

Buying a set of acrylic makeup drawers was a great decision on my part. I’ve had them for the best part of 18 months and although it means I have access to fewer products day to day, it means I can give things a good go. I tend to rotate things every few weeks to make sure I’m mixing up the things I wear, and it makes things more exciting when you rediscover a product you used to love. Anyway, what relevance does this have to this post? Well, welcome to my current lip drawer in my everyday makeup stash. These are the products I’ve been using day to day. Here’s what I love, what’s okay and what I won’t be going back to.

I mentioned this in my last post as it’s one of the favourite things to come out of the 2018 Glossybox Calendar – the Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Burning Love. I have so much time for this product purely because of how versatile it is. I won’t bang on about it too much because I mentioned it in last week’s post (you can read that here) but just know I love it and I think it will be sticking around in my drawer for a long time.

When it comes to lip colours, I’m a bit of a coward. I constantly think I’ll try and be bolder with my lip choices but I always stick to my trusty nudes or a darker variation on my natural pink-y lip colour. But, as per usual in the New Year, I’m determined to step out of my comfort zone and wear something a bit more exciting. Enter the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Candy Venom. When I visited Paris last year we popped into Sephora and in the panic of the people/products/everything, I picked up a box of Sephora’s ‘best bits’. There was a lot of great stuff in there including this mini lipstick. The shade, a vibrant pink, is something that I would normally stay away from, but after giving it a go on a nightout in the French city, I fell in love with it (although at the end of the night it did end up all over my face which wasn’t fun). With this one it’s all about the formula. Hands down the best matte lipstick I’ve ever tried and I really want to pick it up in more colours. Stays put for a very long time but doesn’t make your lips feel like they’re in a desert. I do need to start wearing it more though so I’m hoping that by putting it in my lip drawer I’m more likely to pick it up.

This was a massive impulse purchase (when I say massive, I mean I wanted it for a while and one day picked it up and bought it without looking at the price) but one which has been 100% worth it. It’s the Dior Glow in 001 Pink. So easy to wear, it gives a sheer pink sheen and plumps up my lips a little bit. This was amazing in Summer for just a bit of something and it still works great when I want a lip balm with a little bit extra.

Oh look, it’s another moment where Abz thinks she can wear bright lipsticks day to day and ends up just leaving it in the drawer. It’s really sad because I love this product (Lancome L’absolu Lip Lacquer in Be Unique) and, although it’s bright, the colour but I haven’t been reaching for it much. I think it’s because I bought it at the end of summer and now we’re in the depths of winter I don’t reach for it. I may have to swap this out for something else and then it can come back with a vengeance in the spring. If you love lip products that feel like nothing on your lips then this is a winner for you. It has the consistency of water with a bit of a glossy finish but throughout the day as the gloss wears off you’re left with a really nice stain. I definitely need to get more wear out of this but it might just be in a few months time.

This little Nars duo came with a mini blush and I just love how tiny they are. Both in the shade Orgasm, they’re probably my perfect nude shade of pink that I used to wear constantly. The lip gloss is amazing. There’s so much to love. Great shade, as I’ve mentioned, with a hint of gold to make it pop, and a glossy formula that isn’t sticky disgusting. The size makes it amazing to chuck in my handbag and it works over SO MANY other products. A great buy. The same can’t be said for the lipstick though which is really disappointing. You would think that because they come as a pair they would both be cracking, but the lipstick really isn’t anything to write home about. The colour is nothing really, the formula is dry but not matte and I just can’t get it to work. Also, every time I use it I feel like the bullet is either going to drop out or break off. So the lipstick may have to be relegated to either the main makeup stash or the bin. Lip gloss is a keeper though!

Late last year a new matte liquid lipstick came into my life and I have to say, I’m not mad at it. It’s the LMX Matte Lip in Cupid. The shade I have is a light brown-peach and is probably my perfect ‘autumnal’ shade, so easy to wear for me and works on most days. As much as I love the colour, it’s the formula which makes this product a winner for me. No matter how many times I go over it when I apply it, it doesn’t get crumbly or ‘bunch up’ on my lips. It’s a smooth finish that’s matte without being drying and lasts a pretty long time. A total winner and is what I’m wearing nine times out of ten whenever I leave the house.

There are two lip liners currently in my lip drawer and both of them are fab. First up is my favourite lip liner from 2018 (click here to read my best in beauty post) which is the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk. I think it’s pretty much my perfect lip colour, maybe a little bit on the pinker side, but it looks amazing under any nude lip colour. It’s a perfect base for other products and when the lipstick on top rubs away throughout the day, this keeps it looking okay. The second lip liner is from LMX and is in the shade Hold Up. The formula of this is great, isn’t too hard when you apply it, stays put but isn’t drying. The colour is a deep pinky-brown and this paired with the LMX matte liquid lipstick is a dream combination. Not sure if you can still get the LMX products in Boots but if you can I really recommend the lip stuff.

What’s your top lip product of the moment?

All that glitters | The best sparkle for your eyes

I love glitter. To the point where I’d happily shower in the stuff. I love a bit of sparkle on my eyes, I just think it looks great packed onto the lid with winged liner – dreams! Here are my favourites to get that shimmer on my eyes and staying on through a night in the club, day trip out or slowing round the house (just sometimes like to bring a bit of glamour to life).

First up is the Pop shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette, my first dip in the ‘sophisticated glitter’ pool. This pressed pigment sort of powder transforms any eye look from standard to something a bit more smokey. It’s a dirty gold shade with lots of glittery flecks in it so  when swiped across the lid it’s subtle but pretty. I like to apply using my finger just before I use mascara and really build it up so it’s super sparkly.

Next up are the Collection Glam Crystals. I first heard about these on Lucy and Lydia’s channel and haven’t really looked back since. I mean these are £2.99 and they’re pretty incredible. Basically a glitter eyeliner with flecks of different colours in it, it works great over other eyeshadows and lasts all day because of the wet formula that dries right down. When I use these I really layer them up, like eight coats, so there’s so much glitter is blinding, but they don’t feel sticky or thick on my eye lids. I have the shades Dancing Queen, a pink with silver flecks, and Funk, a bright gold. Love them both, they look so cool, I especially love them under the eye – although word of warning, they can sting a little when really close to the eyeball.

Now the last one is my favourite of all the glitters. I haven’t had it for very long but it’s so amazing that I have to share it. The NYX Glitter in Copper and the NYX Glitter Primer are a beautiful combination. Now, unlike the others, you should really put this on first before the rest of your makeup otherwise it will end up all down your face, but once it’s on it’s on. I put an eyeshadow down first, Sonic from the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette is good – a pinky red. Then I take a bit of the glitter primer and dab it on the top using my finger. After that I take a brush and pack on the glitter. Like the other two I pack a lot on but it looks great and is like a true glitter. Love it.

What are your favourite glitter products?

(Also can we just take a minute to appreciate this Primark cushion. I’m in love)

Left to right: NYX Copper | Collection Dancing Queen | Collection Funk | Charlotte Tilbury Pop

Getting Some Charlotte Tilbury Love

I know, you are looking at products from heaven. I’ve been lusting over Charlotte Tilbury products for about two years now and I this Christmas I was lucky enough to get my hands on some! I’d say these are my first ‘proper high end’ products, meaning they are rather expensive, big on quality rather than quantity but totally worth it!

In my first year of uni I’d go onto the Charlotte Tilbury website every few weeks and decide which eyeshadow palette I was one day going to get. There was so much hype over the Dolce Vita palette which made me want to choose something else to be a bit different (I’m a bit strange when it comes to things like that). I felt that The Rebel was quirky and different but something that I wouldn’t get much use out of, Fallen Angel was neutral but didn’t have the glitter like the other palettes and Uptown Girl would have suited my hair colour, etc, but was a bit wishy washy looking. After swatches, reviews and a lot of research I decided that the Dolce Vita was the best and the palette for me and boy am I glad that I chose it. The shades are buttery and very pigmented without much fallout and the easy to use system means that every eye look looks amazing! At first I couldn’t really get the glitter to work properly but now I’ve got the pat and swipe technique down it adds great sparkle to any eye look. My favourite shade from the quad is reddish brown. I can see myself using this day and night on its own and within the palette.

I’d heard a lot in recent months about the Charlotte Tilbury matte lipsticks, and I want to keep expanding my lipstick collection, so I browsed the website to pick a shade. I’d heard a lot about the reds and the dark colours like Glastonberry but I wanted something that I could wear everyday. Sexy Sienna stood out to me as I colour I would wear a lot but that wasn’t anything like something I already had. I cannot explain how much I love these lipsticks. The formula is really creamy so they apply so easily and last for a very long time. I cannot wait to add more of these to my collection, I have my eyes set on Bond Girl (friends, family please take note).