Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Topshop - Matte lipstick in Infrared

Today, I am obsessed with orange. I say "today" as if it's a new found thing. I've actually been obsessed with orange since I can remember. For me, orange signifies summer, happiness and warmth. And whenever I see a lipstick that's as bright and captivating as Topshop's Infrared, I must have it! It's like having happiness in the palm of your hand...or the lipstick pouch of your make-up bag.

Topshop cosmetics have become incredibly successful since the launch, but when you see their lipstick collection it's no real surprise. Ok, so they're not directly rivalling MAC just yet, but rather rapidly, they are building a lipstick empire that will be a force to be reckoned with!

Infrared should be at the frontline of this lipstick battle. It's bold, daring and brave - a colour to be worn with real attitude and confidence.  The texture is also a semi-matte, which I prefer because it goes on lips with no base and stays put. It feels very hydrating without any real shine. Unlike more yellow toned oranges which only suit certain skin tones, Infrared has enough warmth to be versatile.

Colour Intensity: very high

Finish: matte

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a deep, brave orange shade that stays put 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Nars - Christopher Kane Collection Lip Gloss in Mesmer

A traditional feel lip gloss with contemporary results. This limited edition Christopher Kane collection lip gloss is as plush as glosses can possibly go, but unlike the rest, Mesmer acts like a lip stain to inject your pout with a pretty burst of bubblegum pink. 

The range consists of four shades; all named after something astrophyrics, which is very fitting considering how out of the ordinary they are.

Mesmer is a very girly pink. It's a colour that demands attention and no matter what your day brings, it stays put!

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: gloss

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a limited edition lip gloss that also doubles as a lip stain

Monday, 27 July 2015

Lipstick Queen - Hello Sailor Lip Gloss

A few years ago, one of my favourite lipstick brands brought out a new lipstick which cemented them in the cosmetics industry.  While that lipstick was not strong in texture or colour, it was new, brave and irresistible. That little lipstick was Hello Sailor by Lipstick Queen. See my review here - 

Hello Sailor started the trend of personilisation and now everyone wants that perfect lipstick suited to them. And the lip gloss version is no different.

Mixed in that same chameleon formula, Hello Sailor Lip Gloss is big, bad and blue! Using the wand, you can place this mesmerising formula on your lips for your perfect violet shade. It then gradually adapts so that no matter what, you are the perfect match. 

The texture is lovely and glossy, but not sticky. If you loved Hello Sailor the first time around, you will love this! Oh, and it even has very fine blue sparkles, which as you can imagine, got me very excited indeed. Plus, blue pigments make teeth whiter.

On me, the colour changed from a very subtle violet sheen to a violetty pink after about ten minutes.

The tube is also lovely and different to anything out there. 

Colour Intensity: sheer, but colour is slightly more prominent after a few minutes

Finish: glossy with high shine

Overall Rating: 4/5 - I would have liked the hue to be a touch more lively

You'll like this if: you loved Hello Sailor in lipstick form and/or you want to meet your true violet shade 

MAC - Amplified lipstick on Viva Glam Miley

If you want to channel your inner Miley Cyrus but without the twerking, then this MAC lipstick is for you.

A bold, playful pink shade that is as loud and interesting as its name sake, Viva Glam Miley is perfect for evenings out, but is also pretty enough for day to day.

The texture is very creamy so it goes on lips like a dream with no continuous layering.  The colour of the stick is the colour you get on your lips instantly.  This is limited edition so you better hurry!

Colour Intensity: very high

Finish: creamy, colourful, slight sheen 

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: your lipstick should be as bright as your personality

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Topshop - Matte lipstick in Rio Rio

I'm going to start by simply saying I LOVE THIS! from the colour to the texture to the formula, everything about this Topshop treat is amazing.

Rio Rio is not your traditional matte - you don't need to balm your lips before you place this on because it's still hydrating. The colour is mouth-watering beautiful as a zesty red that glams up any look and it stays put! It actually stays put no matter what! 

The traditional black markings on the Topshop signature case are gold on Rio Rio, which means it can also act as a lovely gift for someone.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: matte

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want an affordable lipstick that has all the same results as an expensive one

Topshop - Lip Ombré in Curious

So, for this Topshop Lip Ombre I used a different tactic. Using a lip rush, I painted my lips in the lilac shade and patted on the maroon. I feel like the results work better than my last attempts but it still takes time to perfect the colour and make sure they blend together properly. 

For some odd reason, I found Curious much creamier than the rest of the Lip Ombré range, but it must be my imagination. The colours work very well together, and unlike the rest of the range which is pinks and reds, this particular compact contains darker, vampire shades. I really like it because you can keep it light with the lilac, or dab on extra maroon for a deeper look.

Just like the rest of the range, this is equipped with a handy mirror for on the go, but unless you want to use one shade at a time, this isn't the most practical lip product.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: matte

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you like darker, cooler shades and want a versatile lip colour 

Topshop lipstick in Ohh La La

I'm currently obsessed with orange. There's nothing like a good ol' tangerine shade to perk up your mood and with the English weather being mostly hot than not recently (makes a change), it's definitely time to get a cheery orange lipstick out.

Topshop's Ohh La La is a bright orange but not too intense. It has a lot of pink tones which calms it down, but is this which makes it a 'happy' colour.

The texture is very hydrating which does mean you need to layer it on to get full coverage, but for the RRP of £8, this doesn't really matter. It just means the formula is light and can be removed easily if needed.

I loved wearing this with a tinted moisturiser, a bit of highlighter and mascara for a lovely summer time look. 

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: moisturising and light, some glossiness

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want a Summertime satsuma without breaking the bank

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Topshop - Lip Ombré in Perplex

My second Topshop Lip Ombré experience was slightly better than the first. For one, it didn't take me 20 minutes just for it to look half descent. 

Perplex has two warm tones - the top shade is very similar to Mac's Barcelona Red. Like a pinch of salmon pink has been dropped into the mixture. The second colour is a gentle orange, and together they made a vibrant lip colour with depth.

I much prefer this combo to the last as I think it's more wearable, and the matte texture means it's long lasting and very blendable. 

The compact is very handy and great for taking anywhere with you, but this lip look takes a lot of time and patience. 

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: matte

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want an intense lip look with depth

Topshop - Lip Ombré in Astound

I first saw this collection in Look magazine a couple of months ago and was instantly intrigued. So I bought the entire collection. After all, it's 8 colours in total if you think about it.

The first one I tried was Astound. The little compact opens up with an intense pink on the top deck, and a lighter lilac-pink on the bottom. Using the mirror, I used a lip brush to apply the darker colour first, and then the lighter colour in the middle of my lips. It took a while to master, but eventually I think I got it. The hot pink isn't as intense on the lips as it first looks, so the two shades blend together rather nicely. 

You end up with a 3D lip look and the lighter colour really ads depth. Only thing is it's not a quick application - you need time to get this one right.

The little compact if perfect for on the go.

Colour Intensity - high

Finish: matte

Overall Rating: 3/5

You'll like this if: you want a girly pink, 3D look

Zoella Kissy Missy Lip Balm

I am a huge fan of the gorgeous Zoella, so picking up a few of her new products when in Superdrug was a no brainer. 

As you all know, I'm a complete lipstick queen. I love nothing better than choosing the right lipstick for my look, but having a 9-5 office job makes this challenging. Lipsticks need reapplying. And they also need reapplying with a mirror. Lip balms do not!

For me, Kissy Missy's moisturising formula with a kick of colour is the perfect lip product for my desk. It's practical but there's enough shade to glam up your look. 

Don't be alarmed by the pinkness of it. The colour is very buildable and you can get the level of pink you desire.

The pot it comes in is also rather lovely, plus it smells yummy!

Colour Intensity: medium to high 

Finish: hydrating finish with a hint of glossiness 

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a colourful lip balm for on the go or for touch-ups at the office 

Butter - Bloody Brilliant lip crayon in Ruby Murray

Butter is not a brand I have ever bought into - apart from their nail polishes, the the rest of the cosmetics have not drawn me. However, the stunning rich burgundy shade in the Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon range got me instantly! 

If the name Butter 'London' was not enough of a hint, this cosmetics range in quintessentially British, and for the non-Brits out there, this seductive shade is not named after the 40s singer called Ruby Murray. If you dig out a British slang dictionary, Ruby Murray translates to curry!  So there you have it - you have learnt something new today.

Anyway, the lip crayon range come in cute packaging, and once opened up you'll see that the lid is a handy sharpener. This put this product instantly in my good books because not enough lip crayons out there have this. 

Once on the lips, however, my opinion started to take a different turn. The colour is gorgeous, but the texture is so creamy that I used up the entire tip on one application. Just as well it comes with a sharpener then!

Texture aside, the shade is gorgeous, incredibly hydrating and long lasting. It's glossy enough to wear in the summer, but the epic dark berry hue means you can also save it for winter. I would definitely buy another shade, but would use it sparingly. 

Colour Intensity: incredibly high

Finish: creamy and glossy

Overall Rating: 3/5

You'll like this if: you want a luxury, vivid lip crayon for seductive date nights

Friday, 24 July 2015

Charlotte Tilbury - Matte Revolution lipstick in Miss Kensington

This mesmerising product is a new, limited edition shade of Matte Revolution lipstick, specially created for the Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson collection.  Inspired by 60's muses such as Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy, Miss Kensington is an English rose pink that claims to give the illusion of wider, fuller lips as if lit from within. 

The hue will suit fairer skin tones so I purchased it as soon as it became available, and the claims are no lies. When you twist the gold lipstick, you are greeted with a gorgeous nude peachy-pink. On closer inspection, the colour is embellished with gold glimmer. Once on the lips, it's this which gives that "glow". 

The texture is a soft matte, but creamy enough that there's no real need for lip prepping. All I did was swipe a lipliner before the lipstick and it stayed put for hours. The edgy tip shape is also a revolution within itself - once regular lipsticks get used, the tip which is necessary for precision is lost and you're left with a cylinder. With Charlotte Tilbury's revolution matte, the trapezium tip means that no matter how much you use it, you will always have a perfect edged lipstick. 

I did find that this made my lips have more depth, and the iridescent dazzle is unlike anything else. Ideal lipstick for a stroll down the King's Road.

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: matte with subtle, golden specs

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a photo-ready, 60's icon look


Sunday, 19 July 2015

Rimmel - Kate Moss lipstick in 107

If you're feeling like you need to stray away from the classic reds and want a colour that resembles your favourite merlot, then give Rimmel's 107 a whirl.

This isn't one I would normally try for summer. The rich burgundy red resembles more of an Autumn/Winter colour, but with its cool, blue undertones, 107 is actually quite a striking shade to suit summer wardrobes. And if it's good enough for Zoella... 

I have always been a fan of Rimmel but I've recently had a new found appreciation for the affordable range. The texture is always dreamy! The colour lay down is always easy, and the formula is so light and airy you sometimes forget you have lipstick on. AND I'm also obsessed with the smell! 

This particular Rimmel shade also lasted me ages, which is amazing for a product with a RRP of £5.49. 

Colour Intensity: very high

Finish: semi matte - no real creaminess or gloss, but it has enough moisture to make your lips comfortable

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want a rich, burgundy red at a price that will let you buy 2... or 3. Or 15. 

Illamasqua - Glamore Lipstick in Cherub

Whenever I buy a new Illamasqua lip colour, I always wonder why I don't buy more. In all the years that they have graced my make-up collection I have never had a bad experience, so I'm putting my lack of this brand with the fact that there aren't that many places near me that sell the range. So, I blame Surrey.

Anyway, on a recent trip to Selfridges, I fell head over heels in love with Cherub. It was a bit of a comedy moment - I was walking towards the exit as was very late for a meeting and my head did a double take as I shrieked out loud with excitement when I saw that Illamasqua had 7 new shades out. 7!!! For obvious reasons, I had to stop. Work meeting could wait. 

Of all the 7 shades, I could not stop trying Cherub on the back of my hand. The gorgeous pink was captivating and the matte formula felt amazing. It was creamy and felt moisturising without any obvious shine. I knew right then and there that it had to be mine. 

Having now tried it a few times it is definitely a firm favourite. The pink is bold enough to make it look like you're wearing lipstick, but also subtle enough that it's great for work...or important meetings in my case.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: matte

Overall rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a matte, pink lipstick that's ideal for all occasions. 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Lipstick Queen - Frog Prince

Poppy King has done it again. The lipstick 'it' brand has brought out another marvellous invention that everyone is falling in love with. 

Inspired by the fairy-tale classic, Frog Prince is a grass green colour that turns into your perfect pink once on the lips. This gorgeous lipstick is also incredibly moisturising so your lips feel super silky so you can kiss your very own prince. 

What is also fab is that the shade is completely unique to you, so every girl (or guy) can finally meet their perfect princess pink.  What's more, it's all packed away in a cute, pearly pink case that is bound to draw attention. The ideal lipstick for any happy ending.

Colour Intensity: medium - it depends on your natural lip shade

Finish: glossy sheen 

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you're ready to meet your true pink lip shade 

Friday, 17 July 2015

Urban Decay - Naked lipgloss in Liar

Urban Decay's Naked franchise has become somewhat of a make-up revolution. You can't watch a beauty vlog, read a magazine or peruse through Twitter without seeing one of the amazing palettes. 

Naturally, the lip gloss collection must be just as amazing! Branching this sub-brand away from foundation and eyeshadow, the Naked lip gloss is for glossy girls. If you revert to the beginning of the gloss without sparkles, without matte, without Rita Ora endorsement, Urban Decay's Naked would be today's version. No fuss gloss. Swipe on lips. Walk away. Simple.

I chose Liar because it seemed like a natural, "happy" pink. The texture is somewhat oily but in a lovely, hydrating away - it feels a little like your lips are plump cushions. The angled wand also helps for easy application. 

It's non-sticky which always gets my seal of approval. There's nothing worse than wind swept, lip gloss stuck hair as you're walking along London's streets. 

Even for a girl who much prefers lipsticks, Naked has got me wanting another colour in its range. Which one should I go for?

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: moisturising gloss

Overall rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want a hydrating, traditional lipgloss. 

Rimmel - Kate Moss Nudes Collection in 45

As well as no.40 (see below post if this doesn't make any sense), I also purchased 45. From the incredibly helpful Rimmel free standing display unit in Boots, shade 45 is apparently perfect for neutral skin. My skin tone is relatively cool, but really loved the dusky light pink shade so grabbed it!

And I'm so glad I did because I think I've found my nude. The subtle beige/pink is perfect for my skin tone as it has no yellowness to it whatsoever. It's a gentle spring time pink that seems to illuminate my look. Fab! What more could you want from a lipstick? 

To fully cement this as my go-to-nude, it's moisturising, long lasting (walked in office and half 7 and didn't need a touch up until lunchtime!) and smells delicious! The Rimmel scent always brings back memories of rummaging through my mum's make-up when I was little. 

Colour Intensity: high - the colour of the lipstick will be the colour that goes on your lips

Finish: Creamy and hydrating 

Overall rating: 5/5 (seriously love this)

You'll like this if: you want an affordable nude for neutral/cool skin tones. 

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