Review: Lipstick Queen, Saint Berry

20130912-120909.jpgToday I’m wearing Lipstick Queen’s Saint Berry. I’m sure I’ve said it before but Lipstick Queen is hands down my favouite brand for colour, quality and texture. I have five lipsticks from Poppy King’s range and although this one is not my favourite, I’ll be sure to post that one soon, it’s probably a close second.
What I love: Dayum gurrl this stuff is smooth! It feels beautiful as you put it on and stays silky and moisturising for ages. It feels like a balm, so when you put it on you automatically assume that it won’t last, but let me tell you the colour payoff exceeds my expectations every time. This morning I’ve had a coffee, breakfast, a bottle of water and my lunch and I’m left with a lovely berry tint that’s perfectly acceptable without a touch up. In fact that might be one of my favourite things about Lipstick Queen’s Saint line is that they are very low maintenance. I also really like the gold matte tube, very classy, and it makes it easier to find amongst the twenty or so lipsticks in my bag because I can identify it by feel alone!

What I don’t love: Nothing, seriously, these are my favourite lipsticks, I have nothing bad to say. The only thing, which I think I’ve said before, is that the brand doesn’t have a broad retail presence, not in Australia anyway, so ordering online is the only option for me.

This lipstick is a perfect shade to suit almost any skin tone and the buildable colour and moisturizing finish make this formula to die for. At around $27AUD this lipstick, in my opinion, is excellent value for money.
Rating: 5/5

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She Who Hesitates is Lost

Soooo. It’s been a while huh? It feels like a lot has happened since I last posted, but when I went to write it all down, I realized that I haven’t done anything extraordinary at all. We moved house, renovated and had a baby. And whilst on my screen, those three words seem small, at the time they were big, all consuming and life changing tasks.  I’ve been logging onto this site for a few weeks now, thinking that I’d like to rekindle my old lipstick flame, but hesitating because it felt as through too much time had passed, that I couldn’t just pick up and continue on as though nothing had happened. I realised tonight that my hesitation was borne out of fear; fear to commit, fear of rejection and fear of failure. And then I remembered…… it’s a blog about freaking lipstick, get over it already!

Here’s the deal, I commit to nothing, you may get regular posts or you may not, and if you don’t like what you read, I’m sure you’ll find a thousand other makeup blogs that suit your tastes.

First up, I bought new lipsticks on the weekend, just cheapies because we are now a single income family, but I’ll make an effort to post about them soon. Until then xx

Review: L’Oreal Infallible #425 Always Apricot

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Even though I am addicted to lipstick, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to the up-keep during the day. It’s a shame really, I spend all this time in the morning perfecting my look and then I let myself go as the day wears on. For this reason I absolutely love the idea of long wearing lipsticks, but often the execution of these formulas leaves a lot to be desired. I tried the old Infallible range from L’Oreal, the one with the separate colour and balm sticks, and thought they were hideously cakey, so I was keen to try their new formulation

What I love: There are a great selection of shades on offer in this range but I was immediately drawn to Always Apricot, a beautiful warm orange red with a golden fleck throughout. It’s a timeless shade which looks great with minimal makeup on the rest of the face and really warms up my skin tone. The stay put power means that you don’t need a lip liner to make this one work, it will easily last you through a morning coffee or two, but not through lunch, so be prepared for an afternoon reapplication. The pigmentation is fantastic, it’s not dry or cakey and for those who are sensitive to fragrance and taste, this lipstick has neither.

What I don’t love: Even though I’m happy with both the staying power and pigmentation, the initial application of this lipstick is what lets it down for me. It has that kind of sticky feeling  you get when you pull a piece of blu-tack between your fingers which lasts at least for the first hour. Unfortunately this means that I spend the morning pursing my lips together to get rid of the tackiness and become the subject of a few strange looks at work. Also, I’m not a fan of the packaging, but I think this may just be a personal thing as I know many others who like it. Apart from being hard to open, the see through casing somehow makes me feel like I’m showing my under-garments and the red top seems pointless.

For the price, this is a great value, long wearing lipstick. If it wasn’t for the sticky feeling, this one would be a winner.

Rating: 2.5/5

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Review: Revlon ColorBurst #045 Raspberry

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Revlon Color Burst #045 Raspberry

Since my change of hair colour, Emma Stone has become my new beauty icon and, after seeing her look A-mazing (hehe see what I did right thar!) in a berry lip at the Crazy, Stupid, Love world premiere, I’ve decided she can do no wrong. Luckily I hunted through my lipstick drawer and found that I already had the perfect shade to try this look for myself!

What I love: I’ve reviewed this formula before in the shades Coral  and Blush so I wont go into to much detail in this review. One of the things I didn’t like about the Coral shade was that it wasn’t really what I would expect from a coral, but there is no doubt that this one is definitely a true raspberry. I don’t find it to be as glossy as the coral shade but the deep, rich colour and beautiful formula are to die for. This range of lipsticks has definitely got my vote for chic packaging and I think they are good value for the price.

What I don’t love: I can’t put my finger on anything that I don’t love about this lipstick, except maybe for the fact that it does suffer from a little colour bleed, but it’s nothing that a little lip liner wont fix. The only other thing I could pick on is that it isn’t long lasting but the depth and richness of colour certainly make up for it.

I have three shades in this lipstick and love them all, however this shade is particularly beautiful and well worth a place in anyone’s makeup collection.

Rating 4/5

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Winter: Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be.

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Tips for Dry Lips

It’s the middle of winter down here on the bottom half of the planet and the cold windy weather is constantly trying to sabotage my quest for the perfect pout. Using lipsticks with a moisturizing formula certainly helps but dry, cracked lips and lipstick simply don’t work.

Luckily looking after your lips in winter can be inexpensive, really easy and only has to take about a minute out of your day. There are a lot of great lip care products out there, and I’ve definitely gone through my share of balms and ointments, but I keep coming back to these two basic products –  a simple lip scrub and some paw paw salve.

The lip scrub I use is the Mint Julips  Lip Scrub from Lush. I love this stuff,  it smells like mint chocolate, tastes sooo yummy and lasts for ages. I’m sure you could easily make your own lip scrub using castor sugar and essential oils (which is all this really is) but at only AUD$10  a jar it hardly seems worth the effort. And as for the paw paw salve, you can pick this up in almost any health food store, but I personally always make sure that I buy a brand free from petrochemicals (petroleum jelly) as I don’t like the idea of putting petrol based products on my skin.

So here’s my routine:
1. At night, after cleansing my skin and moisturising, I give my lips a gentle scrub . All you need to do is put a small amount of the scrub on your lips and rub in a gentle, small circular motion and then, here’s the best bit, lick it off 🙂
2. Then simply finish off with a slick of the paw paw salve and you’re done. Your lips should feel soft and smooth and the paw paw will continue to keep your lips hydrated through the night.

3. In the morning I put another light coat of the paw paw salve and voila, smooth, hydrated lips ready for your favourite lipstick!

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Review: Bourjois Sweet Kiss #43 Rose Pomponne

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After hearing rave reviews about Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation I really wanted to try it, but if there’s one thing I don’t need, it’s more foundation.

I told myself that the only way I was allowed to buy it was if it was on sale, and what do ya know – it was 50% off at my local Priceline (Australian drug store) a  couple of weeks ago.

So I go in on a mission to only buy lipstick, I mean foundation, I mean ….. whatever, I bought both.

What I love:
 This lipstick is really lovely and I’ve gotten lots of compliments when I wear it. The colour is a very wearable, rose pink with cool undertones and the finish is creamy with a subtle shine. This lipstick is definitely build-able, with one swipe giving a very light sheer pink, and two or three layers giving that beautiful rose colour with amazing depth.  I also really like this  lipstick for it’s moisturising formula, lightweight feel on my lips and pleasant musk scent. The packaging on this lipstick is interesting in that the cap covers the entire tube and can be removed by pushing down the little silver slider on the side, whereby the lipstick simply pops out the bottom. It’s also a unique vibrant purple that stands out amongst my other lipsticks, and has a coloured end matching the shade inside.

What I don’t love:
 In terms of staying power it’s acceptable, but not note-worthy, and as much as I commend their efforts to be unique on the packaging front, they just haven’t quite pulled it off in my opinion. I find the push mechanism to get the lipstick out to be a little clunky (or maybe that’s just me being uncoordinated!) and once you have the lipstick out of the casing, it actually looks a bit like a tester which is disappointing.

I’ve found myself wearing  this lipstick quite often and on it’s own it’s very pretty, but I’ve also found it to be a great base, even mixing it with red lipsticks to make a pretty cherry colour. I do like this lipstick but I probably wouldn’t buy it at full price (around $20 in Australia)

Rating: 4/5

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Review: NYX Black Label Lipstick #125 Berry

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NYX Black Label Lipstick #125 Berry

For the last three years, my fiancée and I have ensured that all the gifts we buy our friends and family for Christmas are either Fair Trade or are items where a majority of the proceeds go to Charity. It’s our way of making sure that Christmas means more than just buying random stuff that people don’t need. Last year I bought my sister the MAC Viva Glam lipglass in Cyndi as all the proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund and, after seeing it on her, instantly decided I had to have it. Now as you all know I am a lipstick lover, not a gloss girl, so although I like the colour of the lipglass, I didn’t really like the gloss formula. So my mission became to find a ‘drug-store’ alternative to the lipglass and I’ve finally found it. This lipstick is an absolute dupe for the Cyndi lipglass, and at around $10, costs less than a third of the price!

What I love: Everything! Seriously, this lipstick is amazing.  The formula is a beautiful, creamy consistency that feels moisturizing without being heavy. This particular shade is a deep coral pink, with a touch of raspberry and the pigment is incredibly rich. It has a  juicy shine and wears very well, albeit needing some attention to keep it looking fresh all day. I can pick up a slight hint of grape scent, but it’s barely noticeable, and there is no taste at all.

The packaging is chic, a square metallic black tube with a subtle lace print, combined with a colour peek end makes me a happy buyer. Sure, it doesn’t have the glam factor of the high end brands like Chanel or Giorgio Armani, but it certainly impresses for the price point.

What I don’t love: Honestly I only have one gripe about this lipstick and it has nothing to do with the lipstick itself. Like most good things, it’s almost impossible to buy these in Australia, and those that do have it charge double the online price. So for now I’ll have to settle for online shopping, which makes me a little uneasy as I like to swatch lipsticks before I buy.

In summary, this lipstick is hands down my new favourite. I’m really keen to try more from this range and at such a good price, I think I can justify it in my budget!

Rating: 5/5

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Identity Crisis – Red or Dead

Ok so maybe the title of this post is a little melodramatic but I really feel like I’m lost here! I’ve spent the last couple of years building my lipstick identity, knowing what shades go with each outfit and matching lipsticks to my mood. And then I went and coloured my hair.  I’ve gone from being a natural looking dark blonde, which was a nuetral base for just about any makeup palette, to a deep mahogany red.

Whilst I really like my new hair colour, I’ve found that all my ‘go-to’ shades are now ‘not-so-sure’ shades and I feel like I’m starting all over again.  Can I wear just any red, or does it have to complement the tone of my hair, I know I can be safe with nudes, but that’s just boring and here comes the tough one – what about pinks and corals? I don’t know about you but I have this inherent belief that pinks and red clash and have this underlying fear that I’m being terribly unfashionable. It’s so frustrating! Gah!

Out of all this there has been two good things, I’m trying out lipsticks that had been shoved to the back of my drawer and I am having a bit more fun with eyeshadow, which has taken a back seat to lipstick in the past. Despite this I still feel like I need to get my groove back and so have decided to use this post as lipstick therapy.

Without further adieu, here are some of my favourite red heads showing us that our bold locks do not have to take centre stage and that lipstick can only add to our confidence and blatant sex appeal!

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Emma Stone is all Hollywood glamour

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Florence Welch does it bold with a deep red shade

Arleen Whelan_vintage beauty

Nothing says old Hollywood, like old Hollywood right? Arleen shows us how to do it with perfectly sculpted eyebrows and porcelain skin

Model Alice Burdeu looks sweet with cherry lips

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Christina Hendricks looks lovely in the rosey shade

Karen Gillan_Gorgeous Ginger

Perhaps my favourite red head, Karen Gillan shows us that being the Doctor's companion doesn't mean you take a back seat.

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Sasha Pivovarova is emulating Jessica Rabbit in this shoot for Numero

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Scarlett Johansson goes for a more subtle lip look

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Review: Revlon Super Lustrous #674 Coralberry

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I purchased this lipstick on a buy one, get one free offer and is one of the seasonal shades for Revlon this year. I’m not sure that the name of this shade fits terribly well, as I personally can’t see any hint of berry, but it’s definitely a nice option for those wanting to try the coral trend.

What I love: This shade is fun and leans more on the pink side of coral. As this is a Creme formula there is only a hint of gold shimmer, which could be a little daunting for those who are not used to creme/matte lipsticks, but it wears nicely and is very moisturizing. This is quite a bright, pigmented lipstick but is also buildable so you could just wear a light swipe for a sheerer look. The packaging is timeless and has a clear lid to help you locate it in your ever growing collection of lipsticks ( I know it can’t be just me!).

What I don’t love: There are only two things I can pick on in this lipstick and neither are deal breakers. Firstly, although I like the packaging, the lid seems to keep coming off in my purse so it’s a bit annoying. Secondly, and this might not be a ‘don’t love’ for all, but it has NO SMELL, and it’s kind of weirding me out! It could be because I just finished reading Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and now know that having no smell clearly makes you a freaky serial killer. But like I said some of you may really like that this lipstick is scent free but just make sure you’re mindful if you start getting a penchant for sweet smelling girls 🙂

All in all this is a nice lipstick that will look really pretty on those with paler skin. I’m not sure that I’d have been as comfortable if I’d paid the full $23 that they are here in Australia, but on a two for one deal you can’t go past it.

Rating: 3/5

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Review: Rimmel London Lasting Finish #058 A Drop of Sherry

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I bought this on a whim, sucked in by good Point of Sale and a low price point – I am every marketers dream. I think it was the name of this shade, ‘ A Drop of Sherry’, I thought it would be a rich, decadent colour that I would adore, and so I didn’t even test it, but I should have paid more attention to the ‘Drop’ part in the name, as it’s not as deep a colour as I was expecting.

What I love: I’d describe the colour as a bright, deep pinky/rose colour, rather than a sherry or wine colour and this formula has very good colour pay off. After two pieces of toast, an apple, two cups of coffee and a sandwich I was left with a pretty pink stain by mid afternoon, without any touch ups – impressive. The formula is soft and moisturizing and leaves my lips feeling smooth at the end of the day.

What I don’t love: The packaging is plain and boring, and you know how much I rate good packaging. Although moisturizing, this formula feels heavy, you definitely know you’re wearing it and the smell is a little strong for me. It’s kind of like a chemical smell which is trying to be masked with a floral scent, so combined with the heavy formula I feel like this lipstick too over-powering. I guess my main issue with this lipstick is the finish, it has a golden shimmer, and a creamy sheen that just feels too ‘old lady’ for me. I know that other reviews for this lipstick have been positive, but I really feel that it’s not a very modern shade.

Given that it was cheap (about $8-9 AUD) I’m not too bothered that I don’t love it, but I can’t help thinking that  it’s money I could have put towards a lipstick that I do love. In saying that, I’d still be keen to try some of the other shades in this range as I was very impressed with the colour pay-off and staying power.

Rating: 2.5/5

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