THE EDIT: LipsSunday, 27 April 2014
This is the final edit of the series! Phew, I think I've blogged more this week than I have...ever. I'm glad you guys have been enjoying though, I've loved chatting with you all about our favourite products and I've definitely been Googling a lot of things I probably don't need...sigh. I did ask for it.
Today's topic is lips, and to be completely honest, I'm just not a huge lip fan! I actually am quite obsessed with lips on other people, and I love swatches, but on myself? Hardly reached for. I think this is mostly down to the fact I am at work five days a week, and whilst I wear most other makeup products on my face, it would be weird to wear a lip colour to work - my job is just not that glamorous, ha! I always wear something when I go out, but being the hermit I am, this does not happen too frequently, and I definitely forget to reapply throughout the night if needed.
So, it's safe to say, I'm not terribly bold with lips, and staying power is a must for me. Also taking into account I hate most drugstore lip products - the smell is just, no. I can't do it. So many lovely Revlon and Rimmel lipsticks that I just can't handle near my nose, sorry! My picks today are my go-to's, tried and tested and smelling...neutral.
Let's just start with the two boring products in the corner there - my trusty Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm and the Lush Lip Scrub in 'Mint Julips'. I wear that Maybelline lip balm every damn day. I can't leave the house without putting it on, and I always carry another in my handbag. I do tend to get quite dry lips, and especially working in a shopping centre with air conditioning pumping 24/7, it's just so nice to have some sort of barrier for my poor lips. I also like to apply it just after my foundation so my lips are primed for any potential lip colour. If I do plan on wearing a lipstick, especially matte, I love using the Lush lip scrub. Not only does it taste so good (like, mint chocolate, hello!), but it does a really nice job of scrubbing away any dry bits, and leaving the lips a little bit moisturised too! I personally apply a little too much, just so I can lick away the excess...err, yeah. I know.
I've loved the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms since I picked them up in the States recently. They're available in Australia now and I urge you all to go out and try them if you already haven't, especially since Priceline still has the buy one get one free offer - they end up costing the same as they do everywhere else in the world! Miracles happen. I have a peachy nude shade called 'Complex' and a bright pop of reddish coral, 'Audacious'. The colours are gorgeous, and they apply really well and leave you with a semi-matte finish. What I love is that although quite matte, they are not at all drying, in my experience. They are made with shea, coconut and mango butters so they also feel quite nourishing on the lips, although I still recommend using a lip scrub every so often if you plan on wearing these!
I have to include a MAC lipstick in here, naturally, and I've gone for 'Shy Girl', which is a peachy nude shade, almost 'your lips but better'. I just love the MAC formulas, especially the Cremesheen and Matte, and wish I could get my hands on more shades! This is just one of my all time favourites though, and it's so easy to wear - such a great, everyday colour and easy to apply. It's long lasting, and my favourite part is the smell - yes, it's scented, but not like normal lipstick scents. All MAC lipsticks have this kind of...vanilla scent? it's not overpowering, but it's there, and I think it's lovely!
Can't not mention my love for Tanya Burr's new range of lip glosses, of which I own 'Chic' and 'Afternoon Tea'. The latter is usually my go to, it's a slightly pinker shade than Chic. They are fantastic on their own, has a great colour payoff, and aren't sticky or gluggy like a lot of lip glosses. They also smell like strawberries and cream, I always start applying it and go 'ooh!' when I get a waft of that delicious scent. My favourite way to use them are over the top of a matte lip colour usually, and I've definitely talked about my love for the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 'Complex' and 'Afternoon Tea' combination. Soo lovely!
The last product is actually a bit of a re-discovery. I had forgotten about the Rimmel Apocalips lip colours, as I had initially bought the colour 'Phenomenon' I think, which I actually hated. It lacked pigment, and the formula was awful to apply and looked uneven and streaky. I went back a while ago and was flicking through the colours and saw 'Luna' and decided to try it again, and ended up loving this shade! It's a darker, peachier nude and the colour applies beautifully, definitely a lot brighter than I thought it would be on. They're probably not the longest lasting lip products but they are great for throwing on something quickly and easily, and from what I've seen of other swatches, a lot of the colours also have pretty good payoff. It seems it was just that first shade I picked up that was such a let down. I would love to try a bolder, red shade and see how I get on with that!
Well, that's it from me, my lovelies! I hope you've enjoyed this little series, it's a little insight to my favourites and most reached for. I would love to see others do the same! I'm so nosy and love seeing the products everyone else uses. Like I said at the start, we so often just see the same product hyped all over blogs, but we all tend to reach for different things on different days, so I love to see some old classics still in peoples everyday routine. There's some goodies in my drawer that I've been using for years and it's so nice to pull them out and remember how much I was and still am in love with them!