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?

Summer Lip Favourites

I’m back! That break felt like forever, what was it, a month and a bit? But whatever that doesn’t matter now because I’m back with a bang! Since my last post I’ve been on multiple makeup sprees so there will be plenty of reviews to come. I seem to have an urge to buy so many lip products recently, but what I need to remember is that I only have one set of lips! They’re all pretty summer-y colours and because the weather has been so nice (*she says with rain pouring down the window*) I thought it would be good if my first post back was full of bright colours and sunshine! So without further ado let’s go!

I’ll start off with the Mac lipstick, the third now in my collection, which is Vegas Volt. I went through a phase of watching so many Mac lipstick collections on YouTube it was ridiculous, but this one in particular kept standing out to me. It got to the point where if I could see this lipstick wasn’t in someone’s collection, I would instantly move on to another video. So, as a treat for taking my shorthand exam (which I passed, woo!) I took a trip to Mac and picked this up. I love how different it is to anything I currently have. It’s a bright lipstick which seems to change colour on the daily. It can be more pinky and sometimes it can be more peachy but it’s just a great summer colour that I think will be great for my holidays. It’s an amplified finish which is amazing as it’s moisturising but not drying and sticks around for so long! The next two lip products are both from the Soap and Glory Matte-Lip range. First up is the shade Whoah-Pink. This one is a bright bubblegum pink but with a bit more of a darkness to it which I love. It looks great on a really sunny day with plenty of highlight on the cheekbones. Pretty Muted is a slightly more toned down version. Not quite nude but not a pink. I love how it looks as it’s the summer pop but without the fear it looks a bit too much. The formula of these is second to none, especially as they are only £3.50. They stay on really well, even after eating, and don’t feel uncomfortable even though they are matte. I want to pick up more of these as they are just amazing, and really handy to carry around in your bag.

If you could think of any more summer lip products that I might need then please let me know, come on enable me!

L-R: Whoah-Pink, Pretty Muted, Vegas Volt

Bold Lips For Scaredy Cats

About twelve months ago I told myself that I was going to be a bit bolder with my lip choices. So far I have not done that. I don’t know why I’m so terrified but my thought process is that I’ll put it on, get it on my teeth, have it on my chin and I won’t notice because I can’t see it. I think I’m just being paranoid (is anyone else like this?) but I really want to get over this ‘hurdle’ and wear a really WOW lip on a daily basis. I thought I’d share three of the best bold lip options from my lip-drobe and they’re the ones I think are best for those who are a bit scared when it comes to going bold.

First up is a cross between a liquid lipstick and a lipgloss and it’s the Fleur De Force Lip Gloss in Starry Starry Night. It’s a beautiful plum that is perfect for Autumn. Formula wise it’s pretty spot on for a comfortable, stay all day lip. It’s glossy but has a slight matte-ness to it that makes it stick to the lips and is what makes this such a great product. I want to get Written in the Stars next which is a gorgeous nude but I’m only going to get it if I get more use out of this shade first! Next is something that I actually wore out last week and I really liked how it looked, and we only had one teeth incident! It’s the L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Pink Passion and it’s one step down from a bubblegum pink. The formula is very comfortable on the lips and I even forgot it was there on occasion. I only had to reapply it once throughout quite a long day because even after eating my lunch it had left a slight stain on the lips and I didn’t get the awkward wearing away line I’m always concerned about with bold lips. I really want to try out more shades from this range. Last but not least is the Clinique Colour Pop Lipstick in Poppy Pop, This is such a gorgeous colour. It’s a poppy red (well done Abz, what a great description) and I think it’s the red that suits my skin the most. The formula is creamy and hydrating which is good because I can’t feel it on more lips. I don’t use a lip liner when I apply this because I don’t have one but you don’t need one. A lip brush is all that’s really needed for a crisp line and it doesn’t wear away in a weird way. I need to wear this a lot more often because I’m in serious love with this. I’ll keep you updated as to whether I branch out and go bold any time soon. Fingers crossed!

Favourite Friday: Pink Lip Combo

When the money starts rolling in there’s only one place to go (other than Costa which is a given), Boots. After hearing so much about the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk I decided to go for the poor mans option and buy the Rimmel Lip Liner in East End Snob. With some claiming it’s a pretty exact dupe of Pillow Talk I felt it was only time that I gave it a go, and am I glad I did! The consistency is creamy but it ‘dries’ (it doesn’t really dry but I can’t think of another word to describe it) and it doesn’t budge on the lips. For me it’s not so much ‘your lips but better’ but more of a nice, bright pink. My favourite lip combo at the minute is wearing this all over the lips and then topped off with my trusty Kiko Lipstick in 902. It lasts for most of the day without much topping up and brightens up the face. I’m sold on this whole lip liner business now!

Lash out of the Lipsticks

Time for the lipsticks! I was never the biggest wearer of lipsticks but over the past 12 months I’ve built up a nice little collection so let’s get going. First up is my Kiko Smart Lipstick in 902 Pastel Pink. I bought this whilst I was in Barcelona in the summer and I’m so glad I did. It’s pretty much the same as my natural lip colour so when I put it on it’s a my lips but better kind of thing. It was super cheap (just €3) and is balmy and lasts a decent amount of time on the lips. Next up is the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 28. This was the first lipstick that I ever bought because I thought it would look good on a night out. It’s not a matte formula but I’d say it’s 90% matte with a little bit of shimmer and not as drying. I don’t wear this that often but when do I wonder why I don’t because it gives a pop of colour that is really flattering. The second lipstick I ever purchased was the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Heather Shimmer. I bought this thinking it would be a good nude but it’s quite a bit darker than my normal lips. It takes me quite a while to apply this as if I do a ‘one sweep’ motion it goes on a bit too dark and looks like a crayon, weird I know, so I have to use a lot of coats to dab it on. However, when it’s on it looks really nice, a bit Velvet Teddy-ish, the only problem is that it doesn’t last too long on the lips. Another nude in my stash is the Rimmel Lipstick in Pink Nude. I’d say that this was more coral than pink but it’s a really good lipstick. The colour is flattering, similar to the Kiko one in terms of application and lasting power. The only thing that lets this down is the fact is has quite a pearly finish and sometimes looks a bit strange on the lips. Last but not least is Mac Shy Girl Lipstick. This is such a beautiful coral colour that sits nicely on the lips. This is my go to smokey eye lip as it looks gorgeous. The only problem with this is if it’s not dabbed on it can look a little streaky. The winner of this is a tie, I just can’t choose, between Kiko and Mac. I use them both so much as they are both beautiful colours with my favourite type of formulas.

28, Heather Shimmer, Nude Pink, Shy Girl, 902

Lip Problems

In the last 12 months I’ve been seriously obsessed with everything that us girls can put on our face, but there’s still one thing that I can’t seem to get right: lips. When I apply it everything looks great but after about 2 minutes I look in the mirror and it’s all rubbed off! I don’t know if it’s my lip shape or if I just lick my lips all the time but it’s baffling! I bought a lip scrub to make a better canvas for the products but that didn’t work. What I’ve been doing is trialling different types of lip products other than straight lipsticks to see if anything else will work and actually stick!

My first thought was lip liners. People always say that they make your lipstick last longer so I splashed a whole £1 on an essence on called red blush. At first I was a huge fan. It lasted ages on my lips and looked pretty good but after a while I thought that my lips were going to rip in half if I smiled because they were so dry! That was out. My second thought was gloss because if I could feel it was there maybe I’d know if I was licking it off. After hearing many good things about them I bought a Maybelline colour elixir in the shade caramel infused and it was a good purchase! The fact that I could feel that it was there, not in a bad way, made me consciously want to keep it on so it seemed to last much longer than anything else that I tried. The only downfall was the winter wind, not great for the hair. The last thing I tried was the Maybelline color drama in minimalist and ladies and gentleman we have found out winner! It’s not too dry and not too slippy and it just seems to stick to my lips. Stays in place for ages, looks and feels great, what more can you ask for. Hopefully I get better at the whole lips thing so I can expand my lipdrobe, sorry purse!