Shaking up my makeup stash for spring

Spring is here! Daffodils are blooming, baby lambs are baaing and the sun is starting to shine for that little bit longer in the evening. As with probably everyone, I like to give my makeup stash a shake up each time a new season rolls around but especially in spring. I love going from dark colours and full coverage to bright and airy bases. Bring on the sunshine!

I’ve come to the conclusion that I love it when I’m just that little bit more tanned and I have no idea why I don’t give myself bit more of a glow. So I feel like I might start using a gradual moisturiser more often. Anyway that’s a bit off topic. What made me think of this was when I used my Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Alaska the other day, I really liked the way it looked at the bit of extra colour it gave to my skin. I’m going to tan up and move this into my daily stash. It’s probably right on the cusp of how dewy I’m willing to go but I do like the light base this gives. Another glow giver that I like to bring out in the spring is the Pixi Glow Booster in Peach Glow. I don’t usually use it all over (bit too sheeny for me) but I like to put it on the tops of my cheekbones just for a bit of added something.

I don’t know why I try and fall in love with cream products every year, but each spring without fail I’ll add some sort of stick product into my daily makeup routine. So, here we are, with the Collection Speedy Blush in Cheeky now in my everyday stash. As stick products go I really like this one because it’s not greasy, not too firm and the right amount of creaminess. It’s also a great colour and I can build it up to the right amount of ‘flush’. I’ve shared my love for the Dior Addict Lipstick in Tout-Paris before loads of times, but there’s a reason why it’s one of my favourite products, especially in the spring. It’s a bright pink which goes on sheer so is amazing at jazzing up an everyday face. It’s also very moisturising and when the weather starts to get warmer this is just what I want. I can see myself getting to the end of this soon and it upsets me so much! Any recommendations for moisturising lipsticks that are pink and sheer would be much appreciated!

Last year I picked up the Fig Fiction Perfume from & Other Stories in the sale and instantly fell in love. To me it’s springtime in a bottle and I’m all about it. It’s not overly floral and really fresh. To me it just smells of the outdoors, like when you go on a long walk and smell of grass. It gives me such good memories of last year (bought it on a friends weekend in Oxford and every time I spray it it reminds me of Countryfile Live) and I’m obsessed.

What’s your favourite beauty product for skin?

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.

Why I’m obsessed with glitter and my favourite options

I love glitter. Right that’s it, see you in the next post. No, I just thought that I’d share my love for the sparkle in a blog post, along with my favourite glitters and the way I find best to apply them. Enjoy this sparkly post!

The Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow in Gold Goddess is actually magical. I got it for Christmas the year before last and it’s changed the game when it comes to glitter. I do love a chunky glitter with plenty of sparkle (I mean look at all the shade options I have) but there wasn’t something I could use for a sheer wash of sparkle that wasn’t just a shimmer eyeshadow. With this you can dab a bit on and blend it out so it’s ‘barely there’ – or as barely there as glitter can be – or keep layering it up for something that really packs a punch and looks amazing. Also there’s no need for glue and it is potentially the easiest thing in the world to apply. I have no idea why I don’t have more shades of this because I’m 100% in love with this product.

I searched high and low for the Revolution Pressed Glitter Eyeshadow Palette after one of my friends tagged me in a post on Instagram last year. It was nowhere to be found and I had to fill the hole with some of the individual magnetic ones. BUT I was very surprised and extremely happy when my fab friends gave me this as part of my birthday present. Thanks friends! I mean look at it, it’s a glitter lovers dream! I have the Hot Pursuit palette. I’m yet to have a proper play around with all of the shades but Inflamed is something pretty special. It shifts green and pink in different lights and is like something I’ve never seen before. I love this formula. Because it’s pressed it’s easier to work with than one that’s in a pot. I still use a glitter glue (the one from NYX is my go-to) and it stays put. Safe to say, I’m in love with this palette.

My picks for what I’d class as ‘traditional glitters’ come from Revolution and NYX. Yes, they have the potential to spill all over the place but a little tap into the lid and a swirl of the brush should contain it. I have the Revolution Glitter Bomb in the shade Last Dance, a really nice bright pink and the NYX Glitter Brilliance in Copper, a sheeny red copper. Both solid options, easy to work with and with a dab of glitter glue they stay all night.

On New Year’s Eve I decided to go all out with the glitter and put it in my hair. I picked up a little tub of the Go Get Bio Glitter in the shade Sea Glitter- biodegradable which is always a win – and it has a mix of large chunks and tiny specs. After a lot of googling I ‘attached’ it to my head with hair gel and hairspray. I put the gel onto my hair and then scooped up the glitter and sort of patted it onto my head with not much precision and a lot go hope, then sprayed it with hairspray. I really liked the look of it and it pretty much all brushed out of my hair and into my hairbrush the night after. My hair was really crispy though after all the gel and spray but I think it was worth it.

Naked Heat vs Revolution Iconic Fever

For my birthday a couple of weeks ago my cousin gave me the Revolution Re-loaded Iconic Fever Palette. Safe to say I was very pleased (any eyeshadow is legit my number one) and I was excited to dig in, especially with the mattes because a one wash brown matte eyeshadow has been all I’ve been wearing recently. After about a week I started to realise that this is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I don’t know why it took me so long to realise but beside a few extra shades I’d say they were identical. Because I love reading posts about dupes and watching videos of people testing different products on half of their face I thought I’d put both of the palettes to the test by recreating the same look with a different palette on each eye. Here’s how I got on.

First, I swatched all of the eyeshadows from the Naked Heat Palette and then found the matching one from the Revolution palette. Most of the Revolution eyeshadows were very similar, if not the same, as the Urban Decay ones. Not just in colour but also in texture. They’re not quite as buttery smooth but for the difference in price they’re not that dissimilar. One shade that is noticeably different is Lumbre. The Urban Decay shadow is a light peach with some gold shifting shimmer but the Revolution ‘equivalent’ doesn’t have as much of a sheen and is more of a copper (and to be honest I prefer the Revolution one). Overall I’m very impressed with how similar the shades are.

Left swatches: Urban Decay | Right swatches: Revolution

When testing both palettes out, I wanted to use as many eyeshadows as possible – so I did. I started out with Chaser (light matte brown) all over the lid and then Sauced (warm matte brown) in the crease. I did notice that Sauced was slightly darker and a bit more pigmented but with a little bit more work I managed to get the Revolution shadow up to the same level. I then went in with Low Blow (orange matte brown) through the crease but focusing on the outer edges. The Urban Decay shade was darker again than the Revolution one when one the eyes but I worked a bit more and managed to match them (ish). Finally (because I clearly used every single matte eyeshadow in my crease) I went in with He Devil on the outer corners. These shades were very similar and performed pretty much identical. Now moving onto shimmer! After putting some concealer on my lid (Maybelline Eraser Eye in Light) I went in with Scorched. When I swatched these on my arm there was a noticeable but difference, but on the lid they look exactly the same. Everything from the colour to the sheen is spot on! I ended by using Ember along the lash line (exactly the same) and He Devil under the eye. Stepping back I thought they looked exactly the same and to look at you wouldn’t notice or know that two different palettes were used.

Left: Revolution | Right: Urban Decay

I tested the wear time of both eyes throughout the day to see if the cheaper palette didn’t last as long as the pricier one. There was no difference. None. At all. I am so impressed with how the Revolution palette holds up. It more than delivers on colour and wear time. The only thing that’s a bit different is pigment and the eyeshadows take a little bit more working with but nothing that’s going to majorly set you back. When one is £42 and the other is £4, it’s crazy how similar they are.property

Skincare picks, capsule wardrobe and new scents | February Favourites

Ah February. How you’ve flown by. But seriously, after the three decades of January I can’t believe how quickly this month has passed. I’ve had a lot of birthday fun and we’re ending on this great sunny weather. Who could ask for more?! In the middle of the month I was struggling to think of anything to add to my favourites but after my birthday I have a fair few to add to the list – with some I’m still giving a bit more of a test run which no doubt will feature in next month’s post. So without anymore fluffing up, here’s what I’ve been loving this month:

I have an item of clothing in my favourite this month – shock horror! This is rare because as much as I spend £50 a time on makeup and skincare I won’t spend £20 on a pair of jeans I desperately need. It makes so sense but anyone I’ll get back to the point. I have An Edited Life to thank for this buy. Last month I bought myself a black cord pinafore dress because I needed something to go with a load of colourful jumpers I had in my wardrobe and in the spirit of creating a capsule wardrobe I thought this would be a good bet. I’ve become fully obsessed with it. I wear it most days to work with a polo neck jumper underneath or just a normal jumper with some black tights and black boots. So easy, I just pick a jumper and it works together. Also I wore a stripey t-shirt with it the other day when it was a bit warmer and I was totally into that as well. An all round great purchase that I’ll be getting more and more use out of in the weeks and months to come.

Something I’m equally as obsessed with is my Aquarius necklace from Topshop. It’s delicate gold necklace with my star sign in a circle and I wear it a heck of a lot. I was lacking a delicate necklace and this has filled the slot perfectly.

I’m having a real skincare moment at the minute and it’s all hydration based. Although my skin is quite oily I think it’s also pretty dehydrated so I’ve been trying to use lots of products that will give it a boost but not clog my pores. The Nip and Fab Dragons Blood Plumping Serum (which I got in the Glossybox Advent Calendar) is perfect for that kind of thing. My skin drinks this up and it drys in about five minutes. I love it. In a morning I use that and then just before I use foundation I put a couple of pumps of the Barry M Unicorn Primer Drops Beauty Elixir to brighten up my face and give a boost. These two together are a dream team!

Let’s talk about the shea butter scent from the Body Shop. I’ve never had this one before and I don’t know why I’ve missed it for this long. My mum got me one of the sets for my birthday and it’s definitely become one of my new favourite scents. It’s so warming but not too sickly sweet and I’m all about it. I’ve also fallen back in love with the Body Shop Body Butters again. There’s nothing better than slathering a thick, deliciously smelling cream on after a winter shower.

For Christmas, my gran got me a load of these bath tea bags and they are an actual miracle. They let me have a wonderful smelling bath without the mess! I usually just put one of these in when I start running the bath (let it infuse you know) and then go in with the bubbles nearer the end. Once I’m ready to get in, take the bag out, give it and squeeze and done! I love all bath products but these are a bit more fun (also love tea so is very fitting).

Putting Aldi beauty products to the test

I didn’t expect a quick trip to Aldi would prove so exciting for me as I entered with nothing and left with a handful of products which were the definition of an impulse buy. I’d heard of the Aldi beuty products and theur ‘dupes’ a few months ago and never really gave them a second thought. But when I spotted a few of them in the middle aisle of doom I had a real urge to give them a go.

I picked up the Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask – dupe for the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment, the Lacura Aloha Bronzer – dupe for Benefit Hoola Bronzer, and Lacura Snapshot Ready Foundation Primer – dupe for Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.

Before I got going with testing everything I wanted to see if the bronzer was similar/the same as Hoola. I don’t have the full size but I’ve got a mini that came free in a magazine a couple of months ago. As bronzers go they’re pretty similar. The Hoola one is slightly more brown and the Aldi has a bit more of a warm orange tinge, but nothing that’s too offensive. Pigment wise I’d say that Hoola is slightly more pigmented but only by a tiny bit. Not much separating the two.

Left: Hoola Bronzer | Right: Aldi dupe

My first impressions of the makeup products weren’t bad but they also weren’t amazing. The primer was very solid and it was a bit hard to rub into my skin so I ended up rubbing it into my fingers and patting on the parts of my face which get oily during the day, my nose, chin and forehead. The bronzer comes with this cute little brush, very much like Hoola, so I thought I’d give that a go. When I swatched the bronzer on my hand it was quite light so I went in heavy handed on my first go. Big mistake. This is a pretty pigmented bronzer, or at least on my skin tone, so I started off with an stripe down the side of my face. Not a great start. But when I blended it in and did the rest of my face I quite liked it. It’s the right amount of warmth and isn’t too dark for my very pale face. Not the easiest bronzer to work with as it took a bit of blending but not too shabby.

I’ve never tried the Glam Glow face mask that this Exfoliating Mud Mask supposedly dupes, but if you have the Himalayan Charcoal mask from The Body Shop then I’d say it’s very similar to that. When I applied it the only difference I noticed was the colour and the size of the exfoliating bits, they’re a lot smaller in the Lacura one (my guess is because it’s billed as an actual exfoliation mask. I first tried it on my nose and my chin as they’re the parts of my face that get the most oily and would benefit from a mask like this. I applied a thin layer and left it for five minutes (instructions say between five and ten so I thought I’d go lower for my first go). It dried down like a normal clay type mask and it brought out my pores which I’m guessing is a good thing as it looked like something was working – me showcasing my lack of skincare knowledge here. When I took it off a gave myself a bit of an exfoliation before getting rid of the rest with a flannel. Everything felt alright but I did notice that a couple of spots appeared on my chin later that night (could be a coincidence but thought it was worth mentioning). After reading a couple of reviews loads of people were saying that if you have sensitive skin the stay clear of this because it can do some damage, which might be something to bare in mind. I have to say that over the next few tries I had noticed that it was stinging a fair bit on my nose when I applied it, so I washed it off straight away because I don’t want it to be burning my skin!

Overall there were hits and misses. I think it’s going to take a bit longer to test out the mask but it’s not terrible. The exfoliating part is good but when it burns your skin, that’s not ideal. The bronzer is pretty fab for everyday. Not streaky and nicely warms up the face. The primer is a funny one. I like how it works on my nose but any other area, even my chin which is just as oily as my nose, sucks the life out my skin. So it may be a nose primer but not used for anything else.

Mini Boots haul and if the products are any good

I love Boots. It’s my spiritual homeland. Pretty much every time I go in, I come out with a armful of stuff and a shed load of advantage points, I can’t help it! So when I went to visit my friend who also has a Boots/beauty obsession I knew that I was going to be getting a lot of stuff. I was quite restrained (a little….maybe?) and left with a basket full of recommendations and impulse buys. I’ve given them a bit of a road test over the last few weeks so here are my thoughts on these products I picked up from Boots.

First up are the Barry M Unicorn Primer Drops Beauty Elixir. I’ve known about those £50, massively expensive unicorn drops from a brand I can’t actually remember for a while now but was never really interested in giving them a go. When I saw this shining purple bottle though I instantly picked it up and put it in my basket. It’s basically a hydrating primer that smells amazing and gives such a boost to by dehydrated skin but don’t make it oily – which is a big deal because I am an oily human being. It’s a bright pink colour with bits of shimmer in it, so looks a bit scary, but I’ve found it gives me a great base for foundation. My only problem is that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of product in it and I it might run out quite quickly but on the whole I’m a big fan.

Whenever I meet up with my friends, there’s always a moment before we go out when we pass round the Mac Fix+ with gold glitter in it. It’s something pretty special but because I’m tight I don’t fancy splurging on it myself (sorry). But when I saw Makeup Obsession, a brand I hadn’t heard of, had done one I got it straight away. Sadly I’m not a massive fan of this. The spray was okay but your face ends up soaking wet after a couple of sprays and after two weeks of use the nozzle on mine has broken with loads of product still left inside which is a bit annoying. But if you’re looking for a body spray then this could be fab because there’s so much glitter in it, it would look great on a night out. Not amazing but also not terrible.

After getting a recommendation from said Boots loving friend to get the Natural Collection Blush in Rosey Glow I took it and ran. How is this so cheap?! It was £1.99 and is a great product. Perfect on my skin as it’s pretty much my natural blush colour and builds up nicely so I don’t end up with a splodge of pink on my cheek. It really makes me want to try more Natural Collection products because I’ve been very impressed.

I was in need of a new foundation but didn’t really know which one to give a go next. Another friend recommendation later I picked up the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation. This is really great. I use it day to day and it blends really well, doesn’t take too much working with and looks pretty natural on my skin. The shade 100 is a good match for me as well. It gives medium coverage and a matte finish but doesn’t suck all the life out of my skin, and if I use the Barry M Beauty Elixir underneath I find it is a winning combination. I don’t know if I’d use it as a ‘night out’ foundation as my Revlon Colourstay gives me a bit more coverage but for everyday I’m a big fan.

When I was on a train on New Year’s Eve, I sadly lost the lid to my beloved Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer and because I didn’t want my makeup bag to become full of sticky concealer, I had to bid it farewell. A few weeks on I realised I couldn’t live without it in my life and repurchased it without a seocnd thought. This time I went with the shade Ivory (is it new because I’ve always got light before now thinking that was the palest shade?). It’s a pretty good match for me, probably the palest I would go in a concealer but it does look fab under my eyes. I’ve professed my love for this product before so I won’t go on about it but if you haven’t tried it then I recommend you give it a go. It’s the best concealer I’ve ever used, especially under my eyes.

Books, perfumes and my perfect lip liner | January Favourites

Oh January, how slow you’ve been. Nah, it’s not been too bad but I’ll be glad when February finally rolls around. That might have something to do with the fact it’s my birthday though! I’ve been loving a fair few bits this month, mainly books surprisingly – New Year, new me, blah blah. Not so many beauty bits this month but I’ve bought a few makeup bits recently (haul coming soon) so maybe next month.

I preordered ‘An Edited Life’ by Anna Newton when it first went up on Amazon using my brother’s account and pretty much every time I saw him it was “has that book come yet?”, “when you getting that book” and “that book’s taking a while to come”. But finally it was released near the beginning of the month and I was over the moon when it came through the letterbox. I went straight to the capsule wardrobe section because for the last few years I’ve been wanting to dip my toe in that pool. So far I’ve cleared out my sock drawer, started organising my budget and looked at spice racks on Amazon. I love how it’s written (just like a chatty vibe) and if you need a kick up the back side then this is perfect. Also I love Anna’s blog and videos so I was always going to be a fan of this!

If there was ever a lip liner to steal my heart then it was this one. The LMX Lip Liner in Hold Up is such a little star and I cannot get enough of it. I mentioned it in my post where I went through what’s in my lip drawer (read that here) but it’s from Little Mix’s makeup range at Boots and is a brown which also learns a bit pink/purple. Not too vampy but something that’s a little more interesting than your standard ‘nude lip’. I wear this most days either with the LMX Matte Lip in Cupid or my Dior Lip Glow and I’m 100% obsessed.

We’ve been watching so many crime dramas and murder mysteries since Christmas that it’s getting a bit scary when I go to bed and think someone is hiding in my wardrobe! But when I fancied trying to start reading before going to sleep as we entered the New Year, I carried on the murder theme by reading ‘And Then There Were None’ by Agatha Christie. I watched the BBC drama when it was on a few years ago and loved it so I bought the book for my mum for Christmas (I’d like to point out that she likes Agatha Christie so it wasn’t that selfish of a present). I read it quite slowly, about 30 pages a night, but it’s only a thin book so it didn’t take me that long to finish and it had me gripped from the start. SO GOOD! If you don’t know what it’s about, basically ten people go to an island and drama/murder happens. Even though I thought I could remember who the killer was (I didn’t, turns out I have the world’s worst memory and had forgotten most of the plot) I found it hard to put it down. If you’re wanting a quick read that’s easy to understand but keeps you on edge then I totally recommend this.

Earlier this month I went to the cinema to watch Mary Poppins Returns and oh my goodness gracious it was SO GOOD! I thought the film really good, easy watching and if you’re a Disney fan like me I’m sure you’ll be just as obsessed. I think the soundtrack is what’s made me fall in love with the film. Upbeat? Tick. Catchy? Tick. Has songs with fast talky parts that make me want to learn them instead of things I should be doing? Yes. A Cover Is Not The Book is my favourite but most of them are great.

Last, but not least, a special mention goes to the Molton Brown Perfume in Muddled Plum. I got this for Christmas and I’ve been wearing it everyday since, completely in love. It’s wintery, fruity and comforting – perfect for this time of year I think. I also have the shower gel which is just as fab (and glittery so a massive win), the only thing that’s missing from my life is a body moisturiser in this scent and then my life will be complete. Also it’s made me want to try more Molton Brown perfumes. If they did a rhubarb one I would be all about that.

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?