September Favourites 2016

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Is it just me or have the past two months felt like a blur and flown by so quickly?! My September has been just as busy as August, probably busier and as a result I don’t have too many items to share with you. I feel like September has been a really positive month and I’ve been smiling a lot. I’ve really been enjoying myself, living in the moment and experiencing more new things. I know that’s so vague but some things should be kept to yourself and as long as you’re happy that’s what’s most important.

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. Revlon Lip Butter – Peach Parfait – September was the month I decided to go on a lip product buying ban. I mentioned this in my New In: Revlon Lip Butters post but I wanted to make one last purchase before committing to the ban. Peach Parfait is one of three lip butters I bought and it has fast become my favourite shade out of the three. It’s a colour suitable for everyday wear and a shade I imagine would suit a range of skin tones. The formula is just as impeccable as my other lip butters and I look forward to wearing Peach Parfait a lot more!

2. kikki.K Notepad Cube – Stationery has always been one of those things that I love! At the start of the school year, stationery shopping was always one of my highlights! Over the past couple of years kikki.K has become one of my favourite places to shop, the themed stationery and the items they sell are beautiful. My brother bought my mum a notepad cube (not this exact one) and it’s such a practical idea because the paper size is ideal and there is a hole cut out for a pen. These are good to keep by the phone or on your desk at home/work. This particular cube has 500 sheets of paper, a flower pattern and a gold trim on each sheet of paper – so pretty.

3. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes – I bought this book back in June and I finally got around to finishing it this month. I started it back in June but everything got busy and hectic and I couldn’t find the time to sit down properly and read it. I took this to work a couple of weeks ago and I motored though it in no time. I’m not going to spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it but it does live up to the hype. It’s a real page turner and you’ll have it read in no time! I plan on watching the movie to see how it compares to the book and reading the follow up novel; After You.

4. Lilly Singh x Smashbox – Bawse – I won Bawse in a giveaway back in July and it arrived this month. Bawse is the perfect fierce, red to wear when you want to exude confidence. This shade is part of Smashbox’s range of matte liquid lipsticks and was created in collaboration with YouTuber Lilly Singh. I don’t know what else to say really apart from I love it! I did a mini review on Bawse so if you’d like to read more about the product and see swatches, CLICK HERE.

September’s Spotify Playlist:

This is one of my favourite monthly playlists I have made in a while. There’s something perfect about the way these songs are ordered and flow into one another.

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New In: Revlon Lip Butters

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Last Tuesday I tweeted that I am going on a lip product ban. Lips are my favourite part of my makeup routine but I’m getting overwhelmed with all of the options I have and I feel like I need to have a break from buying any and use up a few of my other shades first. That tweet came straight after purchasing three of Revlon’s lip butters though. (Going out with a bang, right?!) I wanted one last spend before committing to this ban.

Revlon’s lip butters have been around for years but I only properly discovered them last year when they got discontinued. I own eight shades in total now and I adore each one. I purchased each shade for a particular reason and not just for the sake of it. In today’s post I will be talking you through the three new shades I bought and showing you swatches as well!

001 Pink Truffle

Pink Truffle is a warm, rosy nude and from what I’ve gathered, it is also one of the most popular shades! I saw Tanya Burr wearing this and speaking about it in one of her vlogs and I kind of fell in love after that. In swatches online, Pink Truffle pulls slightly brown and in real life it looks like a cross between brown and pink. This is one of the more pigmented lip butters that I’ve tried and it’s a very warm colour. A huge plus point of the lip butters is the combination of beautiful colour with a buttery balm texture. I find the colours all pretty pigmented on me and if I want to wear them sheer, literally one swipe on each lip would be enough. If I’m honest, Pink Truffle isn’t a shade that has instantly wowed me but I don’t regret purchasing it. I might keep this as a backup for when I’m getting low on some of my other nudes.

025 Peach Parfait

Peachy pinks are beautiful and super versatile because they are the perfect everyday colours. Peach Parfait is the shade worn by Emma Stone in advertisements for the lip butters and it looks more orange than it actually is. This shade is a juicy pink which I prefer because I’ve got a few orange-peaches in my collection already and I don’t really like to double up. When I was reading about Peach Parfait online a lot of people didn’t like the glitter which changed their opinion on the otherwise gorgeous colour. I have only applied this shade twice and I haven’t found the glitter to be gritty or chunky, the formula of this lip butter is just as smooth as the others and this shade will be so pretty come summertime. I see myself wearing Peach Parfait a lot!

085 Sugar Plum

Sugar Plum is a shade that was recommended to me in the comments section on a blog post. Googling this shade made me think it looks similar to MAC’s Syrup in a few pictures. Syrup has been extremely well loved over the past 18 months and I wanted to purchase Sugar Plum to see how it compares colour wise. Even if it’s not an exact match for Syrup (Berry Smoothie is probably closer), they look along the same colour lines and wearing Sugar Plum will help prolong the life of Syrup. Sugar Plum has more berry red tones but it’s nice to change things up a little bit – not that I could ever tire of of Syrup. Sugar Plum in particular has a beautiful purple quilted casing making it one of the easier shades to identify.

Swatches:

new-lip-butter-swatchesTop To Bottom: Peach Parfait, Pink Truffle and Sugar Plum.

lip-butter-lip-swatchesTop To Bottom: Pink Truffle, Peach Parfait and Sugar Plum.


I have talked about Revlon’s lip butters on my blog before and I will leave a few links so you can check out the other shades in my collection:

  • Revlon Lip Butters – My first foray into lip butter territory. I hauled four on eBay in one hit.
  • August Favourites 2016 – I purchased the shade 090 Sweet Tart (bright pink) last month and it was one of my standouts for August.

Revlon’s lip butters are one of my favourite products and I highly urge you to try them if you haven’t already! There are over 20 colours in the range so I’m sure you’ll find at least one you like! Let me know your thoughts if you have tried them and which shades you’re a fan of. Thanks for reading!

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Shop My Stash: Bright Pink Lipsticks

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I have definitely saved the best until last for this series and today I’m talking you through the bright pink lip products in my collection. Pinks in general are my favourite to wear but fuchsia is my absolute favourite and a couple of them feature in this post – one of which is my most loved and most worn lipstick of all time! Let’s get started!

1. BYS – Fuchsia Surprise

Kicking things off with my favourite lipstick of this bunch and my entire collection! I have talked about this lipstick so many times on my blog and it is crazy how good it is! Fuchsia Surprise cost me $6 (if I remember correctly) and the pigmentation and formula is nicer than some of my more expensive lipsticks. Recently I’ve gathered together my favourites and products I reach for often and put them in a makeup bag that sits on top of my dresser – of course Fuchsia Surprise is in there! The one downside with this lipstick is the packaging but for the price point and how amazing this shade is, I can forgive that.

2. Revlon – Lollipop

I purchased Lollipop (such a great name) in 2015 and wanted to try it to see how it compared to Fuchsia Surprise. I thought it would a more sheer fucshia, which it is but it still packs a punch! There is a slight colour difference, Lollipop is more fuschia/magenta and contains micro-glitter whereas Fuschia Surprise is straight fuschia/hot pink. I did a comparison post between these two colours which you can check out HERE! I don’t reach for Lollipop as often as I reach for Fuschia Surprise but it’s nice to have it as a backup option.

3. MAC – Sunny Seoul

I’m going to be honest and admit I don’t wear this lipstick as often as I should. Sunny Seoul is such a beautiful, bright, almost neon coral pink but I just don’t love it as much as I thought I would. I don’t think that’s because of the colour necessarily, I think it’s because of the formula. Sunny Seoul is a cremesheen + pearl finish and I know a lot of people rave about MAC’s cremesheen formula but I’m not one of them. If I want a sheer light wash of colour I’ll go for a balm or lightly apply one of Revlon’s lip butters. Sometimes the colour doesn’t apply evenly and goes a little bit patchy. I’m not ready to give up on this shade yet but it’s not one of my must haves.

4. MAC – All Fired Up

If you’re someone like me who loves to rock a fuschia lip but still loves a red lip, All Fired Up is the shade for you! This lipstick is a hybrid between the two colours and it is almost my perfect lipstick. The reason I say almost is because I think the formula would start to take it’s toll on my lips if I wore this day in day out. All Fired Up is a retro matte which means it is more drying than a regular matte but I still find this shade less matte than Ruby Woo which is from the same line. I always apply a tiny bit of lip balm underneath this to prevent my lips drying out. Personally, I think All Fired Up is underrated. I don’t see it talked about very often but it should be because it’s gorgeous!

5. W7 – Raspberry Ripple

This lipstick is another $6 bargain I picked up in a makeup sale earlier this year. I originally bought this for my mum but she gave it to me as she already had similar shades. This is another lipstick I don’t wear all that often but I am always impressed by it when I do. The packaging isn’t the greatest and it feels a bit tacky/cheap but the product makes up for it. Raspberry Ripple is like a less in your face version of Fuschia Surprise and has more of a frosty sheen to it. For this reason I included it in my Winter Lipstick Picks as it’s still a nice pop of colour but it’s not too bright.

6. Rimmel – 102 Nova

I purchased Nova along with two other lip lacquers in the Apocolips range in March and this is my least favourite of the bunch. I find this pink somewhere between bright and dull and I don’t wear it. Doing these posts has made me realise what lipsticks I do love and enjoy wearing and those that I don’t need that are surplus to requirements. There’s nothing wrong with the colour but I think it gets lost among my other pinks. I will give Nova another chance but I am leaning towards purging it or giving it to someone else.

Swatches

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Top To Bottom – Fuschia Surprise, Lollipop, Sunny Seoul, All Fired Up, Raspberry Ripple and Nova.


Take a further look at my lipstick collection:

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First Impressions: NYX – Buenos Aires

First Impressions NYX - Buenos Aires

NYX is one of those brands that bloggers rave about, especially their Soft Matte Lip Creams. When I was in Auckland a few weeks ago my curiosity got the better of me and I had to pick one up! I looked at all the shades online and narrowed it down to a shortlist. I didn’t want to go down the traditional nude route and decided on Buenos Aires (a soft coral). Read on to find out whether or not I think this shade lives up to the hype!

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NYX Buenos Aires Swatch

NYX Buenos Aires Lip Swatch

Product Description + Claims

NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams are available in 34 different shades comprising of neutrals, bright pinks, reds and everything else in between – even blue! Described as velvety smooth, these soft matte lip creams aim to deliver a burst of creamy colour which sets to a stunning matte finish. The sweetly scented formula along with durability and a lightweight feel make these a NYX fan favourite.

Packaging

I find the packaging of these simple but nice. The tubes are coloured to match the shade they represent and each shade is clearly labelled on top of the applicator with it’s name and number. Buenos Aires is SMLC #12 for example. Each tube contains 8ml of product and I like that these tubes are quite compact and won’t take up a lot of room in your purse or makeup bag. The soft grip applicator adds to the luxurious feel but I’m not sure how practical it is. I imagine it could get grubby and scuffed if you’re not careful.

Scent

If the scent of a product is important to you, I’m almost certain you won’t be disappointed with this one! The scent is sweet without being sickly and reminds me of cakes, cookies or some other baked goods. The scent only lingers during application so if you’re not a fan, it doesn’t stick around for long.

Formula

Buenos Aires is one of my first forays into the matte liquid lipstick trend and I am impressed. The formula feels nice to apply and takes a few minutes to dry down completely. My lips didn’t feel dry or uncomfortable and I didn’t develop any cracks or areas where the product wore off. I did develop a sort of ring on the inner corners of my mouth but I think that is more to do with this particular shade than the formula.

Colour

Possibly the most vital part of this post is how the colour looks and fares on me. Buenos Aires does look rather light in a few of the swatches I’ve seen online and I think a more accurate colour description would be a pastel coral. The colour of the tube is deceptive and the product comes out lighter than you would think but it is still bright at the same time. I’m a little undecided if I like the colour on me or not. It doesn’t wash me out completely but I wonder if Buenos Aires would look better on someone with a darker skin tone. I will try wearing it with my Max Factor foundation which is slightly darker than my Rimmel one to see whether my thoughts change. Maybe it will look better in summer when I’m not quite as pale?

Application

To add insult to injury, application of this shade isn’t the best either. I don’t know if it’s because this shade is light but it applies patchy and is hard to get an even coat of product. The applicator itself is a good size and picks up the right amount of product but I’ve noticed it looks worse when you try to fill in the patches or apply another coat over the top. I will have to try blotting before applying a second coat to see if that improves anything.*

*I tried blotting for the lip swatch image in this post and it made a difference, the colour is slightly more opaque.

Pros

+ Reasonably inexpensive. NYX is an affordable brand and depending on where you shop a Soft Matte Lip Cream will set you back somewhere between $12-$16 NZD. That may sound like a lot compared to the $6 they retail for in America but it’s justifiable and you are getting a decent product for the money.

+ Each colour is named after a different city making them easy to remember and identify.

+ Good selection of shades. With 34 colours to choose from, you can pretty much guarantee there’s something for everyone.

+ Sturdy, lightweight packaging.

Cons

– I can’t speak for all shades but Buenos Aires has the tendency to apply patchy.

– Actual shade may vary from the packaging.

Overall Verdict

I don’t regret purchasing Buenos Aires. I’m still experimenting with it and my thoughts could change. I would be wary of other light shades in the range and would advise you to swatch to test the consistency and pigmentation before purchasing. I do enjoy the matte formula and don’t find it drying or uncomfortable on the lips. I would consider purchasing another Soft Matte Lip Cream in the future so if you have any recommendations, let me know!


Have you tried Buenos Aires or any other of the Soft Matte Lip Creams? What are your thoughts?

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Shop My Stash: Peach & Light Pink Lipsticks

Shop My Stash Peach & Light Pink Lipsticks

This is the third installment in my ‘Shop My Stash’ series where I talk you through my lipstick collection by colour. Peaches and light pinks have become a bit of a staple in my collection and they are perfect for those days when you’re not sure what to wear and want a lip colour that goes with anything. I love wearing pink lipstick and because I have so many pink lip products, I have had to split my pinks into two separate posts. If peachy-pinks are your thing, these will be right up your street!

1. MAC – Patisserie

Patisserie would have to be one of my most worn lipsticks and is also a contender for my most worn MAC lipstick. Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup inspired this purchase and it is money well spent. You’ll see in this post, most of the lip products are MAC and that’s because I don’t want to spend $40 on a lipstick that only gets worn every once in a while. I like wearable, everyday shades and Patisserie is my favourite of the peachy bunch. I won’t rattle on about this lipstick too much because I have down a review all about it HERE. In short, it’s a gorgeous peachy terracotta shade in a lustre finish which suits a number of skin tones.

2. BYS – Pretty Little Thing

I’ll be the first to admit I barely wear this lipstick and I’ve only worn it a handful of times. There’s nothing wrong with the actual shade itself, but when trying to apply this shade on my lips it looks patchy and doesn’t look as pretty as it does in the tube or swatched. This swatches differently to how it applies on the lips and I don’t know why, which really bothers me. Maybe I just need to wear the lipstick a few more times and break it in? The best way to describe Pretty Little Thing (which is a VERY appropriate name) is like the lipstick version of NARS’ Orgasm. It’s got a gorgeous golden-peachy shimmer and looks so pretty in the bullet.

3. MAC – Revved

Revved is the only lip pencil that I own to date and it was re-promoted as part of Ellie Goulding’s MAC collection. Revved was already an existing shade (called Revved Up) and it is the epitome of peach. What’s unique about Revved is that it offers the comfort of a balm, colour and sheen of a gloss and the precision of a lip pencil. The pencil wind up application is easy to use and it doesn’t feel cheap. The product itself is nice and creamy but the only thing I would say is this isn’t the longest wearing product. The colour fades nicely though so it’s barely noticeable.

4. Dainty Doll 004 Material World

I see this lipstick as my ‘formal’ pink and what I mean by that is, it’s a nice inoffensive shade which I’ve worn for a few job interviews in the past. I don’t just wear it for job interviews as it is such a pretty pink in it’s own right and I love pairing it with a lilac/light purple eye look. The formula of Material World is slightly sheer but builds up nicely. In my opinion, this is the perfect girly pink and even though it is one my lighter pinks, it doesn’t wash me out. As Dainty Doll caters to redheads and pale-skinned beauties, this may not be the best shade for darker skin tones.

5. MAC – Syrup

Again, here I am talking about Syrup by MAC! I will keep this pretty brief because I’m sure you all know how much I love it by now. I still wear Syrup all the time after purchasing it over a year ago and there’s no occasion it’s not suitable for. Syrup is a slightly darker nude with pinky-mauve undertones and even a hint of berry to it. Syrup was also a Lily Pebbles inspired purchase and it also proves it’s versatility. I am much paler than Lily and I’ve got tons of freckles and it looks lovely against my pale skin as well as Lily’s slightly olive complexion.

Chanelle’s note: I may have said this before but Syrup would be a perfect lipstick choice for a first date! – It makes an impact but isn’t too bold or over the top.

6. MAC – Without Your Love

This lipstick was a birthday present from my brother and the limited edition Ellie Goulding rose gold/glossy black packaging is to die for! Without Your Love has a cremesheen formula which I’m not going to lie, isn’t my favourite. A lot of people love the cremesheen formula and this lipstick is fine but one of my other MAC cremesheen lipsticks isn’t as nice. This lipstick is sheer but it’s a sheer that adds a little je ne sais quoi to your lips. I personally love layering Rimmel’s Oh My Gloss! in Glossaholic over the top for more impact.

Swatches

Peach & Light Pink Lipstick Swatches

Top To Bottom – Patisserie (it’s not as brown in real life), Pretty Little Thing, Revved, Material World, Syrup and Without Your Love.


Take a further look at my lipstick collection:

Leave a comment with your favourite peach and light pink lipsticks!

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Shop My Stash: Berry & Purple Lipsticks

Shop My Stash Berry & Purple LipsticksWelcome to the second post in my ‘Shop My Stash’ series where I talk you through my lipstick collection by colour. I have already done something similar for my nudes and I will direct you to Nude Lipsticks 101 where I discuss my favourite nude shades based on their undertone. The first Shop My Stash post featured Orange & Red lip products and it was a lot of fun to write so I decided to turn it into a mini-series. Berries and purples follow on from red so it seems logical to talk about them next. Let’s get started!

1. Revlon – Raspberry Pie

Kicking things off with another one of Revlon’s lip butters! At the time of purchase I didn’t have a lot of dark lip shades (and I still don’t really) so I took a bit of a gamble with this one. If I had to describe this shade I would say it’s a cross between MAC Craving and MAC Rebel – it has more purple in it than red so it’s not a bright raspberry but it still packs a punch. Raspberry Pie is a typical autumn/winter shade and I love wearing it then but I did wear it this past summer as well so it is versatile. The formula of the lip butters is incredible and I highly recommend anyone who suffers from dry lips to try them!

2. Urban Decay – After Dark

I have spoken about this lipstick on my blog on a few occasions. I won this lipstick in a giveaway and I was so excited to try out an Urban Decay product. When I won the giveaway I got to select my shade. The matte medium-dark berry pink tones of After Dark called out to me and I knew I was onto a winner! I often refer to this lipstick as Rimmel 107’s more purple cousin. After Dark is just as amazing as it sounds, it’s not drying at all for a matte finish and it applies like a dream. The lipstick doesn’t dry down completely and does have a little bit of transfer but that’s not a problem for me.

Corresponding post: My First Giveaway!

3. Bourjois – Frambourjoise

This product is the most recent to be added to my lip stash and it is blimmin’ gorgeous! This is your classic bright pinky-red raspberry shade and I can see it fast becoming one of my favourite lip products. Until this I hadn’t tried a liquid lipstick or any Bourjois products but this shade has got me intrigued and I’m already eyeing up Peach Club. I am a fan of the Bourjois applicator and the formula. The applicator doesn’t pick up too much product at a time and is on the smaller side really allowing you to be precise. The formula doesn’t dry down for a good 5-10 minutes allowing you to build up to your desired effect. One coat gives you decent coverage and looks more pink whereas two coats plus builds into a more vibrant red. I have worn Frambourjoise both ways and adore them both.

4. Australis – Gangsta Rap

This lipstick is always the one I get complimented on when I wear it despite my brother telling me, “they shouldn’t make lipstick that colour.” A couple of years ago I was on the hunt for a bright purple and this is the result. Gangsta Rap is from Australis’ Colour Inject Range which promises long-lasting, moisturising, nourishing lip colour. That is exactly what you get with this lipstick as well as the added benefit of Vitamin C. This is definitely one of the most bold, out there shades I own but it is also one of my favourites! Purple and I just have this connection and this lipstick reinforces the love I have for how much the colour suits me.

5. BYS – Sparkle Baby

Sparkle Baby is one of the most unique lipsticks I own finish-wise. It is described as having a diamond finish and aims to add shine to the lips, not in a glossy, wet way but in a shimmery, iridescent way. This lipstick is a grape shade with flecks of gold throughout the bullet which is where the shine comes from. It’s hard to describe but it’s not quite as intense as the finish of a Frost lipstick from MAC, it’s more subtle and doesn’t look as metallic. Sparkle Baby is such an appropriate name for this shade and the whole diamond thing makes me think of ‘Diamonds’ by Rihanna – “shine bright like a diamond.” This lipstick is also really moisturising and BYS have some great shades.

SwatchesBerry & Purple Swatches

Top To Bottom – Raspberry Pie, After Dark, Frambourjoise (it’s a lot more pink in real life), Gangsta Rap and Sparkle Baby.

Do you like the look of any of these shades? Perhaps you have a favourite berry or purple lipstick of your own?

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Shop My Stash: Orange & Red Lipsticks

Shop My Stash Orange & Red LipsticksI absolutely love the idea of these ‘shop my stash’ posts and being able to rediscover old favourites and products you don’t end up using often because you forget you have them. *oops* Lip products are my weakness and I’m starting to get to the point where I have to tell myself not to buy anymore until I’ve used up some of my others first. I thought it might be nice to take you through the bulk of my lip collection by colour and today I am starting with oranges and reds.

1. Revlon – Tutti Frutti

I was a few years late to the Revlon lip butter train but last year I purchased four shades off eBay and Tutti Frutti was one of them. Orange is not a colour I’d considered wearing on my lips until then as I thought it would clash with my hair, but the risk paid off. Tutti Frutti reminds me of Morange by MAC which is another reason I purchased it. The lip butters are so comfortable to wear and the pigmentation is incredible! You can wear them built up or apply a light layer for a wash of colour. I am actually wearing Tutti Frutti in my Twitter profile picture.

2. Tanya Burr – I Found Nemo

Apart from this lipgloss having one of the CUTEST names ever, it is also a beautiful orange/coral shade. This is slightly less pigmented than Tutti Frutti but I purchased this product for it’s glossy texture. I Found Nemo will be absolutely lovely in summer and it’s one of those products I can see myself wearing a lot because it’s so easy to wear and apply. I try to wear all shades all year round and be fair but this lipgloss screams summer to me and makes me think of balmy skin, hot days and long nights.

3. Revlon – Fire and Ice

This lipstick is very special as it was the first red lipstick that I owned. This shade is one of Revlon’s oldest and most iconic and dates back to the 1950s. Fire and Ice is such an appropriate name because it is a cool toned and warm toned red at the same time. It’s a cross between tomato red and fire engine red and is such a vibrant colour. Fire and Ice is one of Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipsticks and has a crème finish; it provides moisture while still delivering high pigment colour.

4. Rimmel 107

I have mentioned this lipstick many times on my blog and I’m sure you know how much of a cult favourite it is by now! I’ll be the first to admit this is one shade I stick to wearing mostly in the autumn/winter. I might bring it out in the evening or if I’m going for a vampy look but this lipstick epitomises winter for me. The wine/plum tones bring an added warmth to the lips and it is my favourite red for the cooler months.

5. Revlon – Wild Watermelon

I experimented with red-ish shades a lot in 2015 and this is the result of that. This is one of the lip butters I purchased off eBay along with Tutti Frutti and I was not prepared for how nice this shade would be. Wild Watermleon has hints of pink in it which takes it up a notch from your classic bright red and it doesn’t look as bright as the bullet makes out. This applies like a dream and fades into a gorgeous, light melon colour as it wears. I can’t measure the staying power on anyone else’s lips but this can last for 5+ hours on me.

6. MAC – Ruby Woo

When I talk about classic bright red lipsticks, this is the type of shade I’m referring to. Ruby Woo is another favourite among bloggers and another shade I have talked about on numerous occasions. If you only want one red lipstick in your collection, this is it! Ruby Woo is the kind of red that’s universally flattering and will suit everybody. You may have to apply balm underneath to prevent your lips chapping and drying out but the colour payoff and longevity is worth it!

Swatches

Orange & Red Lipstick SwatchesTop To Bottom – Tutti Frutti, I Found Nemo, Fire & Ice, 107, Wild Watermelon and Ruby Woo.

Do you own any of these lip products? Let me know if you enjoyed this post and would like to see this turned into a series!

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Nude Lipsticks 101

Nude Lipsticks 101Hello beautiful people! Over the past few years the nude lip trend has been ever increasing and with all the brands and different products on the market it can be hard to find your perfect nude. There are a few points to consider: skintone, formula and the colours that make up the undertone of the lipstick. I have put together a selection of my personal favourite nude lip products and broken them down into categories based on their undertones and which shades of nude I believe you should have in your collection.

1. The True Nude – MAC Blankety

I define true nude as a shade that looks incredibly pale and almost foundation like. Of course this shouldn’t be the case, you should be able to tell you’ve got lipstick on your lips not foundation. I’ve selected Blankety by MAC as my true nude because there’s something beautiful about how subtle it looks on the lips. I tend to reach for Blankety if I’ve got a lot going on on the rest of my face or if I’m having a more natural looking makeup day. The formula of this lipstick is amazing, it’s very creamy and applies like a dream.

2. The Pinky Nude – MAC Patisserie

I promise not all the lip products mentioned in this post are by MAC, in fact this is the last one. To look at Patisserie in the bullet you’d think it would come out darker than what it does on the lips. In the bullet it looks slightly peachy, slightly pink and ever so slightly brown with flecks of gold glitter. It comes out more of a light pink on my lips. I think the reason Patisserie comes out lighter on the lips than in the bullet is due to its’ lustre finish. This finish is one of MAC’s sheerer ones but it doesn’t detract from Patisserie at all and makes it a very wearable everyday shade.

3. The Pinky/Brown Nude – Rimmel Asia

Asia by Rimmel is quite a recent addition to my lipstick collection and a product I haven’t talked about on my blog up until now. One of my closest blogging and Twitter friends Claire had talked about this lipstick many times and I just knew I had to try it out. Up until a few months ago I would’ve flat out refused to wear anything with a hint of brown in it because I was convinced those shades didn’t suit me. I’m glad to say I was wrong, and I’m even more glad to say I’m happy I purchased Asia. Rimmel is one of my favourite brands as the quality always blows me away and the prices are so good. This lipstick cost me $10 and the formula is incredible for a drugstore lipstick. I have also read that Asia is a dupe for a few different MAC shades: Twig, Cosmo, Faux and Mehr.

4. The Brown Nude – Rimmel Comet

Brown lips were a popular trend in the 90s and they are making a comeback due to the likes of Kylie Jenner. Brown can be a hard colour to pull off, especially if you’re pale as the wrong shade of brown or a very dark brown can end up making you look paler than you already are and wash you out. I’m very fortunate to have found what I believe is my perfect brown in Comet, one of Rimmel’s Show Off Apocolips lip lacquers. Comet has a milk chocolate tone to it almost with hints of terracotta and red to further warm things up. This product isn’t matte and the shine makes your lips look juicy and full without being sticky.Nude Lipstick Swatches

Swatches in the middle picture, left to right: Blankety, Patisserie, Asia and Comet.

There you have it, the lip products I believe are my perfect nude shades! Have you found yours yet – let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: The shades mentioned here are barely only guidance to help you find your perfect nude. The way these shades look on me may differ to how they look on you. I broke the post down into undertones to help you see the differences between nude lip products and ultimately help you decide which shades are right for you.

P.S. I don’t use the term MLBB (my lips but better) as I believe there is more than one shade that enhances your natural lip colour and I’ve never really understood the term. If you don’t want it to look like you’re wearing lipstick, don’t wear any, simple as that.

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The Lip Product Tag

LipsTwo weeks ago Lauren tagged me to do The Lip Product Tag. Lipsticks and lip products are without a doubt my favourite makeup items to purchase and to apply so I’m more than happy to do a tag all about them! Also, make sure you check out the seasonal makeup collaboration Lauren and I did last week. CLICK HERE to read Lauren’s post and CLICK HERE to read mine.

What is your favourite lip balm or treatment?

I have two. Nivea’s Pearly Shine lip balm is really nice for those days when your lips aren’t looking their best and you want to wear something to keep them hydrated and nourished. If my lips get really dry and horrible, popping on some Vaseline before bed works wonders.

What is your favourite eye-catching red?

I don’t know about you but I always feel fierce when I’m rocking a red lip! If I could only pick one red lipstick to wear for the rest of my life it would be Ruby Woo by MAC. It’s a true, blue toned red which helps to make your teeth look whiter and the colour lasts all day (or night).

Best luxury and drugstore product? Also, best MAC lipstick?

I don’t own any luxury lipsticks partly because the price tag would be astronomical. It costs me $40 NZD for a MAC lipstick and if that’s not ‘luxury’ I don’t know what is!

When it comes to the drugstore, I really like Revlon’s Lip Butters. They come in lots of different colours and are so comfortable to wear. The colour can be worn lightly as a stain or built up with a few layers.

MAC lipstick wise my favourite is Syrup. Syrup is such a pretty, everyday colour that would suit just about everyone. This colour is still nude but not your usual brown-toned nude. I also think this would be a pretty lipstick to wear on a first date.

Most disappointing lip product?

BYS Pretty Little Thing. It pains me to say this as my favourite lipstick of all time is made by the same brand but they can’t all be perfect. It’s not the colour I have an issue with but when I apply this to my lips it applies patchy and doesn’t coat my lips properly. I have barely worn this lipstick as a result.

Lip liner: yes or no?

Not for me. I see the point of it but I haven’t ever felt like I need to wear it. Sometimes it’s too obvious when someone is wearing lip liner and it doesn’t look natural.

Favourite lipgloss?

In all honesty I haven’t tried a lot of lipglosses but at the moment I’m loving Rimmel’s Oh My Gloss! in the shade Glossaholic. It lasts well when I wear it to work and is a pretty, pink, everyday shade. The pink colour is more prominent in the tube than on the lips but it still looks lovely.


I’m going to leave this tag open to anyone who wants to do it as I know there are a lot of lipstick lovers out there! Thanks for reading!

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