23 Apr 2014

Lord & Berry Twistick

I’m fuss free when it comes to lip products. I like to be able to apply them as quickly and trouble free as possible, preferably without a mirror & these cute Lord & Berry Twisticks* tick all the boxes for me. They fall into the category of sheer lipsticks in chubby crayon form and I’m sure I’ve told you I am a lip crayon addict.

Lord & Berry TwisticksTwistick

Lord & Berry boast that these are a 3 in 1 lip product with the moisturising benefit of a lipbalm, with the colour of a lipstick and a gloss finish. Doesn’t that sound perfect! These Twisticks come in 6 wearable shades, I’ve been trying out three shades, Must Have, Shut Up and Rock & Rose. These provide your lips with a vibrant splash of colour perfect for Spring/Summer, they feel nice and hydrating and for a glossy lip crayon their staying power is surprisingly good. Although if you feel the need to touch up these are fool proof to apply, no need to sharpen they have a twist up action which means hassle free lip colour all summer long, just perfect for popping in your handbag!

Lord & Berry Twisticks

Must Have – Is a pretty coffee coloured brown, this I think would look great on everyone & I have worn this a lot during the day. It looks effortless but still put together. Just a pretty everyday colour. Shut Up – The name of this one makes me smile every time I reach for it. It is a gorgeous berry pink and I have a feeling this will be my go to colour this Summer. It gives my lips the prettiest wash of colour. One coat is enough, no need to build it up as the colour payoff is so good. Rock & Rose – If you like pink lips then this is for you, its a gorgeous bright girly pink. I was a little scared of this shade at first but it was so nice on. With my fair skin & dark hair this shade really popped, it stood out but in a good way.

Rock & Rose, Shut Up & Must Have

All these colours are pigmented but not OTT, so don’t be afraid of having too bold a lip. They give just enough colour to make a statement, they will provide you with instant colour & hydrated lips. I think these would be great for travelling or dare I say it festivals. Its functional packaging means it is handy for on the go, I always have at least one shade in my handbag (who am I kidding I have at least 2). Oh & they don’t have a minty scent, in fact I don’t think they have a scent at all, so for me that gets a thumbs up. These are also paraben & talc free, so they won’t dry out your lips & they will stay glossy. Pucker up! Are you a chubby lip crayon addict like me, or have your already tried these Lord & Berry Twisticks? Let me know which colour catches your eye. Lord & Berry Twisticks are £13 each and available online from www.lookfantastic.com & I have seen a Lord & Berry stand in larger Next stores.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

13 Feb 2014

Keeping it Simple

Lip Options

I love makeup but the one area I seem to shy away from is lipsticks, I don’t know why I just never seem to wear them & have a total of 4 in my current collection. I do however like to keep my lip products quite simple and I have got quite the collection of lipbalms and glosses. So here is a run down of the 7 I have been using the most.

EOS Organic Summer Fruit Lip Balm Sphere £5.95 – These lip balms seem to have quite a mixed reaction from people. I know many that think they don’t do much for your lips but I like them. They are easy to use & the packaging is quite fun. They come in a variety of flavours and keep my lips feeling hydrated. They’re handy to throw in your bag. They last for ages & never seem to go down. Great value for money.

Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter  £8 – This gives your lips a good wash of colour as well as being hydrating. These pots from Korres are delightful & I think they’re my most loved lip product. This Wild Rose shade gives your lips a lovely deep Berry colour. Its been my go to Autumn/Winter lip. These are quick and easy to apply no mirror needed, perfect for on the go. I have nothing at all bad to say about these.

Apivita Pomegranate Lip Care* £5.00 – This is so nice to use, its smooth and hydrating on the lips. It has a slight sweet scent and gives your lips just a hint of glossy colour. It feels like it is caring for your lips (if that makes any sense). It contains pomegranate oil and vitamins E, F and C and is 98% Natural. Apivita is sold in select Marks & Spencer shops now so keep your eyes peeled. These Lip balms come in 6 varieties.

Lip products I love

No7 BB Lips in Blink Pink £8.50 – I’ve spoke about this before & my tube is almost empty but this is one of my favourite lip products as it’s so easy to wear, the colour is pretty and flattering on my lips and the formula is hydrating and not sticky at all. They’re well worth picking up & they have 6 shades in total. I might have to buy Berry Rose next time. Do you have any of these?

LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub £5.50 – I use this a couple of times a week just to keep my lips smooth and it takes off all the dry skin. Some days I really like the scent of this & other days I find it too sweet, I think I will try the Mint one next time. These pots last ages & mine hasn’t dried out, it is definitely a product I would recommend to a friend.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve £8.50 – I guess this is just like Vaseline in a cuter & bigger tin. I bought this from American Apparel & I like to use it in the morning when I am doing my skincare routine just to hydrate my lips. This tin is still looking good even though for the most part it lives at the bottom of a handbag. Just another great lip balm.

Lip products I love

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20*   This is my heavy duty lip balm, the big guns & it is what I reach for if my lips are dry or when I need something with a little more healing quality. This is a pot of very hydrating peach coloured lip balm (its colourless on the lips). I put this on last thing at night and wake up with what I would describe as soft kissable lips. I like that it has SPF 20 in as that means my lips are also protected against the sun, it can be easy to forget to apply an SPF to your lips. If you suffer from very dry lips or tend to get chapped lips during the winter this could be a great product for you.

Tell me what lip products yo have been using a lot over the winter.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

19 Feb 2013

My Lip Balm Stash

I picked up a cute glass vase to put my lip balms in. I thought at first it was going to be way to big, but I should’ve known I had a fair few lip products here and there to put in it. I like it – it sits on top of my dressing table and I can see them all instead of them being hidden in bags and tucked away in the draw. I’m attempting to get my makeup collection into some kind of order and I see so many people with the cutest storage ideas. I like things that are a little different and this vase was £4.50 & is perfect.

Lipbalm Stash

Lipbalm Stash

My tiles were a wedding gift from a friend they have a j & v on for John & Vicki. I like to put my jewellery on them as they stop my dressing table getting scratched. I also have a thing for birds and this one is from Malta – I love it, it’s so pretty.

Lib balm collection

Now on to my Lip Balms

I love the Maybelline Baby Lips & have heard on the blogger grape-vine that these are finally coming to the UK. This makes me so happy. I have 2 that I received in a blogger swap and they smell amazing. They are also a great lip balm and I find them super hydrating. I have the flavours Coral Crush and Twinkle.

Burt’s Bees lip balms are so good. I’ve been known to have one of these in every handbag & its the only lip balm my hubby will use & I can vouch that he has soft kissable lips (too much information?). My fave one has to be the pomegranate oil one. Its soothing and smells divine.

My tin of Smith’s Rosebud Salve has lasted my a while and is still going strong, it is quite like Vaseline and works pretty well at keeping my lips hydrated. I picked up this tin in American Apparel but you can get it online here for £8. As with quite a few lip balm products this can be used on chapped skin, minor burns and general skin relief.

eos lipbalms are cute in their fun packaging. Some people don’t rate them, but I like them, thy keep my lips smooth and they smell so good. They’ve such a great selection of flavours / scents and are 95% organic and 100% natural. They’re also paraben and petrolatum free and have vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil in them.

Figs & Rouge this company have really nice packaging and the product inside is great too. They use 100% natural ingredients and are free from parabens and mineral oils. They too have a huge range. I have the Cherry and Vanilla one and I love it. I want to try the Pomegranate one next.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream* – This is a miracle worker and I use this at night mostly as I tend to wake up with such dry lips. This leaves them so hydrated and when I wake up I can still feel the product on my lips. This is a handy size as I can take it with me on the go & It has been in my bag with me all winter. Again this is a product which has so many uses. So is great to have in your collection.

LP Skin Therapy Refining Lip Exfoliator* – This has tiny beads of  jojoba oil which gently polish your lips. I have been using the LUSH Bubblegum lipscrub which I like but this one is different. I like the jojoba oil as it leaves my lips so soft and smelling amazing (kiss anyone). This also has alot of other great ingredients in like Vitamin E, Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Butter. So your lips are getting some great treatment.

Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter – this is such a lovely brand. I have tried a few things from them but I really like their Lip Butters. This Wild Rose one is so nice now that we are heading into Spring. It has a really nice tint to it, its perfect for a hint of colour when you’re going for a fresh-faced look.

Do you have a collection of lip products. They are just so easy to pick up when your shopping and we have had quite the cold winter so my lips have needed some TLC. What do you store yours in? Id love to know.

11 Sep 2012

My love for bubblegum

LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub

I picked this up after so many recommendations, I know I’m late on this bandwagon. My lips are generally dry and not great for lipsticks. I find the skin partially on my bottom lip to be flakey, esp in the drier months. So heading into Autumn and the colder days I thought it was high time I picked up a pot of this lip scrub to see what all the fuss was about.

LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub

Well blow me down with a feather – is this not just a little pot of magic. First off it smells & tastes AMAzing!! That’s a fact. Now we can’t judge on smell and taste alone otherwise this wouldn’t be beauty related. But it does smell so nice, Bubblegum flavour is heavenly.

I put this on my lips before bed and give it a good rub with my finger and then smooth the rest in by rubbing my lips together. It feels odd but it really works. By morning my lips feel smooth. It’s weird being able to eat the excess scrub, but I like it.

LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub

This is one of those products you wish you’d been using all along. It now lives on my night stand along with all the other products I use before bed. It’s becoming quite a routine. I need to start coming to bed earlier and earlier! Please tell me I’m not alone in this & you all have a nigh-time routine that’s getting a little out of hand.

So my smooth lips now look a lot better with lipstick on – I’ve found that nude lipsticks look good on me now. These really used to show up my flakey lips & I never wore my Mac Hue lippy. These past few weeks I have really been enjoying it again. This Bubblegum Lip Scrub isn’t a fancy product nor an expensive one but it’s worked wonders on my lips and I shall be repurchasing this.

You can pick this LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub up from your local LUSH store or from their online store here for £5.25 you get 25g of product.

13 Aug 2012

Bombshell from Mac

Last week before I went on my hols I popped in to Mac and  I’d only one thing on my list and that was their lipstick in the colour Bombshell. I fell in love with this on a night out a couple of weeks ago, a friend had it on and it looked so pretty. A frosty deep pink colour, I tried it on & was sold. So I went into Mac focused on picking this up. I know if I allow myself to browse in there  I’ll be tempted to pick up so much stuff.

This is a really pretty pink shade and is in a Frost finish. I find it to be really moisturising and it feels great on my lips. I have terrible dry lips and some finished really gather in the not so nice dry parts of my lips and doesn’t look very nice. But this lipstick doesn’t do that it sits nicely on my lips and gives them a really bright fresh look.

It has a slight gold sheen / shimmer to it and i like it. It makes your lips look bright and makes the colour pop. The lady in Mac did put a pink gloss over the top but that felt too sticky for me although it looked pretty. I know it would annoy me & I’d have licked it off in no time at all. The lipstick on its own is fine for me.

This is only my second Mac lipstick, I’ve only just recently got into lip colour i used to just be a nude lip / lip balm kinda girl but I’m slowly getting a collection of lipsticks / stains now and I know I will be purchasing some more Mac lipsticks in the future esp these Frost ones. They don’t have the best staying power but I think that’s got more to do with the fact that I lick my lips a lot. I think if you left it alone it would stay a good couple of hours without needing topping up. Do you have any recommendations for must have lipsticks from Mac?

I took this with me to Amsterdam and wore it everyday, its great for a summer pop of colour along with a slightly flushed cheek. I have dark hair & eyes but quite a pale complexion and this colour works well to give me a little glow and colour. I can see it being my go to lipstick as it’s so wearable. I’m very pleased with it and glad my friend had it on our night out. Friends are such enablers when it comes to purchasing products. Like I need any encouragement.

Do you own this colour? How do you find it works for you?

You can purchase Bombshell from Mac online for £14 and you get 3g of product.

16 Jul 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains — mother of god these are the bomb. I’ve a new love in the lip department. I popped into Superdrug on Saturday as you do – with a moaning hubby in tow ‘we were just in here yesterday‘ I wanted to swatch these Revlon Lip Stains & I stood there at the stand for about 20 mins swatching and trying to decide which colour to pick up. That was a  tough desicion as all the colours look really wearable.

I decided on the dark pink shade in Lovesick 020 & it’s a lovely brght pink. So easy to apply in this chunky crayon which just twists up and boy does it have some staying power. I applied this and went out into town & about 2 hours later had a little look to see how it was lasting & it was still on my lips & the colour was lovely and bright & id say it lasted a good 2.5 hours before i topped it up. I’m a fan of these crayons and thats putting it mildly. I’m going back to get the whole lot of them – 6 shades in total. At the moment they are on sale in Superdrug for £5.99 thats £2 off.

Now I have this pretty crayon in my collection I’m afraid my lipsticks will be left out in the cold. These crayons are great to just throw in your bag & you don’t need to reapply them often. I can’t say for the other shades but Lovesick is really pigmented even after a good couple of hours. This colour is really buildable and you can achieve a really bright deep pink shade that has a great pop of colour.

I’ve heard people say these are quite drying, i apply a moisturising lip balm about 10 mins before applying the stain and that seems to work for me. If you have really dry lips normally then you may find these a little on the dry side but so far I’ve been OK.

So if your after a really great lip product for on the go then these are the crayons for you! As soon as the shops open in the morning I’m heading out to pick up the rest of these before Superdrug increase the price. (I need them, OK?!)

This is it swatched  just one swipe. The weather turned on me at this point & was too dull to get another swatch. But i will update tomorrow (weather permitting) with a more built up swatch. The colour is still pretty even from such a light swatch.

Have you tried these wonder crayons yet? If so which shades?