Sunday, 28 February 2016

Kevyn Aucoin in Ariabelle

If you really read into the name of the lipstick, you might say that's it's two names joined together - Aria from Game of Thrones and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Both characters have girly innocence, but fiercely loyal. Or, it's not named after them at all and there's a completely different story behind it, but I like to personify the lipstick this way :-)

This is the first Kevyn Aucoin lipstick I have purchased, which is weird considering 78% of my salary goes to Space NK where Kevyn Aucoin have a gorgeous counter.

After much deliberation, I chose Ariabelle - this beautiful cool, pink that suits a fair skin tone so well. Apart from the perfectly pinky hue and the great moisturising feel, what I love about this lipstick is the smell. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it smells fruity sweet which is ideal for Summer.

Ariabelle is on the pricey side, but this won't put me off purchasing another Kevyn Aucoin lipstick - the texture and colour is a great everyday alternative for me. 

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: silky, moisturising feel with a sheen

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want a pink that's great for cool, fair skin tones

Perfect for: Everyday wear, date night, casual weekend

Sunday, 21 February 2016

NudeStix in Stiletto

It's not hard to find a matte lipstick as they're absolutely everywhere, but finding something that works for you, well, now that's the challenge.

For me, NudeStix work. They're effortless, simple glamour that bring out the best of you. You can try on any colour and know that you can't possibly go wrong, but the downside is there are only so many nudes you can really try. 

That's why on my latest trip to Space NK I almost choked back tears when I saw a bright new, beaming shade. Stiletto! Classic, sumptuous red that demands attention. Now, that's something I never thought I'd say about NudeStix.

If you've tried any previous shades, you'd know they're moisturising, but this range is very different. Stiletto is matte, but it doesn't feel like cement has been poured on your lips - it's a comfortable matte that lets you move your lips with ease. I sported this on a brunch date, and the colour stayed put despite a latte, Eggs Royale and a Bloody Mary.

Just like all other NudeStix, Stiletto comes in the trademark tin with a mirror and a sharpener.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: matte

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want the Taylor Swift classic red lip 

Perfect for: date night, fashion show, night out, wearing with jeans and a grey jumper for a casual Saturday (trust me, it works!)

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Urban Decay - Gwen Stefani Collection in Ex-Girlfriend

Firstly, let me just say how much I love Gwen Stefani. I think we all need to take a few seconds and admire the women who had the exact mix of rock attitude, amazing talent, fashion, beauty and a bit of "I don't care what you think of me". No Doubt were one of my favourite bands growing up (as I liked to think I was super punk rock listening to music from the 90s) and Gwen mixed with Urban Decay is bound to make history.

With the success of the eye shadow pallet in 2015, you can see why the lipsticks would be such a massive hit. The collection is limited to gorgeous reds and some pinks, but among the brightness lies the demure, nude shade called Ex-Girlfriend. When you think of Gwen Stefani, you always think of her trademark red lip look, so it's no surprise the collection holds only one nude, but Ex-Girlfriend is all you need.

The texture is very sheer - a water based coating, it leaves your lips looking well moisturised with a touch of a honey-coloured hue. It's definitely an every day lipstick, but because Gwen Stefani is very pale, I'd say this lipstick suits fairer skin tones a little better.

If the name seems a bit of a mystery, it's based on a No Doubt song. Since I got the lipstick, I've been walking around the house singing "I kinda always knew I'd end up your ex-girlfriend" which is leaving my boyfriend bemused. If you don't know the don't, check it out! 

Colour Intensity: very low

Finish: sheen - gloss like

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want a simple, moisturising nude

Perfect for: every day, casual look, the office, first dates 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Tom Ford lipstick in Pink Tease

Pink Tease is a beautiful, innocent pink. The rosie hue is ideal for a delicate, pretty look that you can wear everyday, but the pink isn't too shy that you can't dab it on for a flirty evening look.

I have worn this a lot since I bought it - it's probably the first Tom Ford lipstick where the TF beautifully embossed on the nib has now completely worn off. 

When you first look at it, it's nothing special - an ordinary pink lipstick that you can find anywhere, but the texture is something else entirely. It feels semi-matte when on the lips but the formula leaves behind enough shine to make this lipstick very wearable and comfortable.

It's a pricey number, and one that you would cherish if this isn't a usual purchase for you, but if pink is your chosen war paint, pick up Pink Tease.

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: not quite matte, not quite glossy - a lovely mix of the two

Overall rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you're looking for a versatile pink

Perfect for: first dates, flirty nights, casual office wear 

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Lipstick Queen - Bete Noire lipstick in Possessed Intense

The final one in the collection. This will surprise a lot of you but Possessed Intense may be my least favourite Lipstick Queen lipstick ever. 

It's not that I didn't like the beautiful blackberry colour, the high-end aubergine packaging or the rich vitamin E formula; I can't quite put my finger on it but everything with this lipstick was just a little bit "too". Too dark, too shiny, too transferable.

Just like the others in the Bete Noire collection, Possessed Intense is dark but holds the darkest powers of them all - once you apply, your lips are loaded in a rich colour of midnight plum that is striking and at times a bit scary. 

I love dark reds and do not fear experimenting with bright lip colours, but on me this shade resembled more of a Halloween /dress-up, than catwalk couture. 

I imagine that on darker skins this would look beautiful, but against my fair skin it looked very witch-like.

Colour Intensity: high - probably won't get higher than this 

Finish: glossy blackberry, very moisturising but colour does transfer

Overall Rating: 2/5

You'll like this if: you're a night vixen and can pull off deeply dark tones 

Perfect with: a soft, nude look on face and eyes. Let the lips do the talking here

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Lipstick Queen - Bete Noire in Possessed Sheer

The second of the Lipstick Queen dark trio is the tame one of the bunch. Possessed Sheer (as the name suggests) contains the same sultry blackberry tones as its two sisters, but the less pigmented side.

This gorgeous, moisturising lipstick is perfect if you want to rock the dark, berry tones during daytime, or simply if you don't want an intense lip look. Possessed Sheer is beautiful because it makes your lips look like they've been stung with a splurge of colour. Incredibly light and wearable, this is your everyday go-to Possessed shade.

As with the others, the case of the lipstick is high-end. It has a magnetic cap which becomes very addictive as you flick it on and off the lipstick, and the packaging itself of Bete Noire is unique. It makes an ideal gift for lipstick lovers.

Lipstick Queen can do no wrong in my opinion, so even if you're not a dark plum sort of person, this shade is still worth investing in. The Vitamin E induced formula will leave your lips in fantastic condition. 

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: some gloss

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want the angelic version of all dark lipsticks 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Lipstick Queen - Bete Noire lipstick in Possessed Metal

Ok, so it's been a year since I bought the Lipstick Queen dark trio so apologies that I'm only getting round to them now.

First up in the dark but sultry selection, is Possessed Metal. This blackberry hue has glimmers of red and gold dust that pretty up the noir and give your lips a secuctive look. I really like The Metals collection anyway because the texture sticks to your lips like magnet and has amazing lasting power. We may be a long way from Hallowe'en, but this is the shade I'd be sporting.

The colour does not come out as dark as you'd think - it's more a cherry merlot, but still got his in its appeal to add real mystery.

Just like all Lipstick Queen lipsticks, Possessed Metal is packed with antioxidant Vitamin E to take care as you beautify.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: low gloss, high glimmer

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want your Halloween dark to be prettied up

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