My New Favorite Nude

Chanel Lipstick

One of the new Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks, the one in the shade Adrienne of course, has quickly been crowned my favorite nude lippy. To say our relationship kicked off to a disastrous start is an understatement. A shopping bag containing a few items, including this one, was stolen. I was gutted as I had been so excited, and I guess my mum felt sorry for me being she suprised me with a brand new tube. How nice is she?!

Giddily I ran to the mirror to apply it. It went on so smoothly and I could just tell how good it would be for my lips, nourishing and hydrating. It applied evenly and with a sheer bit of colour, but it quickly builds to your desired level of opaqueness.

The colour ticks all the right boxes for me, a beautiful mixture of peach, browns and pinks which will suit most complexions. Nude lipsticks are definitely something I go for other anything else as I definitely enjoy more muted make-up. I think the only problem is going to be rationing it’s use, it’s not overly long lasting and if I start wearing it every day, like I definitely want to, it’s going to be gone way to early than I can deal with.

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipstick

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipstickBourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipstick

Bourjois has released a shinier alternative to their beloved Velvet Lipstick with a range named ‘Aqua Laque’ promising some punchy shine, as demonstrated by their slightly altered packaging (which I love!) The bottles have remained squared and with a super pillowy applicator.

There are 8 shades available covering all your classic lip colours, from peach to red to fushcia. I picked up the shade Rose On The Rocks which is described as a natural rose, and Feeling Reddy – a ‘fiery orange red’.

It is a gloss which is something I usually avoid. However these are not sticky in the slightest, and uber hydrating. It’s like applying water infused with goodies to your lips. One thing I have found is they’re not very long lasting and so top up is necessary fairly regularly – do not expect these to stay on your lips. But if you’re the kind of girl who’s more of a lip balm user on a day to day basis and you’re used to (and feel addicted to…) the reoccurring application these may offer you the same benefits with a punch of colour.

The red leaves behind a stain on the lips as the gloss fades away, which is welcomed if you’re having a night out and don’t want to be faffing, and you don’t need to worry about it bleeding or getting all over your face. However, I do find that it applies quite unevenly.

I have been reaching for the nude almost every day and I adore the shade and the formula. I’ve also been wearing it above the shade Nude-ist from the original Velvet Lipstick line, which gives a combination of long lasting colour, hydration and shine.

I have my eye on a couple more shades from this line… I may have been dragged away from my matte lipsticks!

Mac Whirl & Velvet Teddy: Worth The Hype?

Mac Whirl Lip Liner and Mac Velvet Teddy Mac Whirl Lip Liner and Mac Velvet Teddy Mac Whirl Lip Liner and Mac Velvet Teddy

(Left: Velvet Teddy. Right: Whirl)

2014 in the make-up world was the year of the Kylie Jenner lip. Make-up lovers ventured on a hunt to recreate her big, pillowy nude lips, drifting between pink, to mauve, to brown. Mac counters were swarmed, and many lipsticks and liners went out of stock for months at a time.

I managed to pick up Velvet Teddy pretty quickly which has become my all-time favourite lipstick. I wear it practically everyday, it’s brown tones suit me perfectly. Despite an array on dupes being promoted over Pinterest, Instagram and blogs – non have ever compared to this. It’s matte formula promises to stay on my lips and require little touch up – not only lasting a long time but fading evenly. If you’re lips are very dry I find it can highlight it a little but this is expected with matte formulas. Absolutely love – so much that I’m on my second tube! Worth the hype.

Getting my hands on the Whirl lipstick took a whole while longer and the email to say it was back in stock was a sigh of relief. It is described as ‘dusty pink’ which I do not find to be true – it is definitely much browner and more purple. Used as a lip liner – it does exactly what it says on the tin, defining and a little over lining can cheat a set of big lips, but part of the appeal of this liner was that you could wear it on it’s own all over the lip to recreate the iconic look – but I actually find it very difficult to wear this way. I find it very drying and it makes your lips look wrinkly and just not attractive, for me at least. I have actually found better alternatives for the Kylie Jenner lip in the drugstore – such as Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner in Tiramisu which is quite brown, or if you prefer something a little more true to mauve/dusty pink there is the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob, which I absolutely love. Both, particularly the latter, have much less drying formulas and are a lot easy on the purse. Whirl is not worth the hype.

Have you tried any of these products? How do you feel about them? Let me know in the comments!

February Favorites 2015

feb favourites I don’t have a whole lot to show you in this post as not many products have particularly stood out to me. Firstly, of course, we have the Benefit Roller Lash – which I’m sure practically everyone rushed out and picked up the sample of in Elle. I actually have felt myself feeling less and less impressed with this mascara, but it has still been my staple throughout the month and I would purchase full sized. It grips your lashes unlike any other I have ever tried! Next is my L’Oreal Touch Magique Cncealer – which is very yellow toned and brilliant for undereyes and is super blendable and smooth looking. In an attempt to save my skin from the harshness of winter, I’ve been exfoliating with the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub, which has 3% glycolic acid and a few beads to help take away any dead skin. When used in collaboration with the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask, you will be left with beautifully fresh, smooth and renewed skin. And finally, I’ve been looking Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in the shades antigone and desinvolte. Despite their bright colour in the tube, these apply very sheer and glossy, giving your lips a beautiful tint.They apply so smoothly and don’t show my currently very dry lips.  I’m not one who goes OTT with my lip colours and when you’re bored of your nudes these are a perfect alternative. I apologize for the weird shine on one of the lids! What have been your favourite products in February? Let me know in the comments below, if you have your own post feel free to link it!