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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

Revlon Color Burst #045 Raspberry

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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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 ColorBurst #080 Coral

Revlon Color-Burst #080 Coral

Revlon Color-Burst #080 Coral

So how do you know that you and a lipstick are just meant to be?

a) When you’re on a tight budget, and spending $25 on a lipstick seems a little frivolous;
b) you’ve fallen in love with a particular shade and;
c) on the fourth visit to the Revlon display’s, in many a department store, it’s reduced to $8!!! Who could refuse!

What I love: a sexy bright shade, which I’d describe as a orange red rather than a coral. It looks great just slicked with its luscious shiny finish, or blot and powder it to give a more matte day time look. The ColorBurst line is fast becoming my favourite mid-priced lipstick, glides on silky smooth and is not too heavy, is really moisturising and seems to have good colour pay-off. The packaging is chic, in a matte quilted black case, and I personally really like how the end of the tube is the shade of the lipstick – makes it much easier to find in my drawer when I’m in a hurry.

What I don’t love: although you get a couple of hours of wear from this lipstick, due to the bold nature of the shade, it really needs more regular touch ups. It definitely wont last through a coffee, let alone lunch, so be prepared for some up-keep to ensure this statement shade works for you all day. Also be sure to line your lips when using this shade as, like most bright shades, you may end up with a little bleeding outside the lip line.

I really love this lipstick, it ticks all my boxes – sexy, shiny, bold and cheap!

Rating 4/5

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Review: L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Gelée #303 Sweet Tea

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Gelee #303 Sweet-Tea

L'Oreal Color Riche Shine Gelee #303 Sweet-Tea

This is definitely one of my frequent go to’s – I actually have this shade on my desk at work so it’s often part of my mid-afternoon ‘wardrobe change’ (aka I’m too lazy to hunt in my bag for the shade I put on earlier in the day). I’d describe this shade as a neutral, muted rose with a hint of berry.

What I love: this shade really does suit almost everyone. I’ve recently used it for a wedding and it suited the bride and all her bridesmaids, who were of varying skin tones and hair colours, and it looked great. The texture is creamy and rings true to it’s claim as a lipstick that is nourishing like a balm but shines like a gloss. It’s really easy to just swipe over your lips and has lovely colour payoff without having to pack it on. It also has a really yummy scent, which I can’t quite place, but I’m thinking jelly beans?

What I don’t love: for all it’s nice ‘smooshy’ feeling on your lips, it can sometimes feel a bit heavy. Also, in terms of  it’s staying power, it wont last past your morning coffee, which is a real shame because it’s so pretty. As for the packaging which, although I really like due to it’s unique tapered shape and colour peek window, unfortunately the lid has an annoying habit of coming off in my purse.

Overall I’d recommend this as a beautiful addition to anyone’s lipstick collection, so long as you’re prepared for frequent touch ups.

Rating 3.5/5

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Review: Lipstick Queen, Jean Queen

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I’ve mentioned this before, but I absolutely love the Lipstick Queen range, all the more for knowing that the brand  is dedicated to lipsticks and glosses and is owned by none other than Poppy King, an Australian with a passion for lipstick. The thing with Lipstick Queen, is that you know every shade is borne out of a love for the pout so the colour, pigment and shine are top quality.

So with that in mind I’ve finally gotten round to reviewing the lipstick I had to have, Lipstick Queen’s Jean Queen.

What I love: the texture is to die for, it’s virtually weightless, silky smooth and just glides on your lips. It feels like a balm rather than a lipstick and as a result is super moisturising.

The shade is really lovely, a sheer YLBB kind of pink and I do agree with the product description in that it lights up your face. I’m not totally sold on whether it’s the perfect shade for denim but it certainly looks gorgeous on all skin tones and any outfit, jeans included!. It has a glossy sheen so it’s perfect for someone like me who doesn’t like sticky glosses, but still wants a dewy pout.

The packaging is simple but cute: blue metal with the Lipstick Queen logo, and I like that it’s smaller than most lipstick cases so you can fit your in your purse.

What I don’t love: The only thing that I don’t like about this, and all Lipstick Queen products is that I can’t buy it in my city. Luckily it can be purchased online from Kit Cosmetics, but I’m so impatient and hate having to wait for the postman!

All in all, a definite must have for any Lipstick Queen or Princess.

Rating 4/5

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Review: Rimmel London Colour Show Off #140 Kiss Me

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Although I am a self confessed lipstick lover, I tend to shy away from really bold colours, but with bright being the current trend, I thought I’d give it a go. So I started my hunt for a bold lipstick, preferably in a coral/pink shade, that was reasonably priced in case I never wore the damn thing again!

Enter Rimmel London Colour Show Off in shade 140 ‘Kiss Me’  at AUS$14.95

What I love: it has excellent colour pay off and I personally think it’s a very flattering, albeit bold, shade. It’s definitely a bright coral pink, so it ticked both boxes there, but you have to have the confidence to pull it off! I’m not ashamed to admit that I still haven’t gathered up the courage to wear this one to work, but I do love it for a flirty, fun weekend shade.

What I don’t love: the texture is a little heavy for my liking and the smell is very strong. It’s a rose scent, which is usually pleasant, but it can be overpowering, which is true in this case.
But what i really don’t like is the packaging – it’s a bright, shiny, flimsy pink plastic.  Hideous, tacky, urghh! Well that’s obviously my personal opinion, and I suppose you get what you pay for, but when you compare other lipsticks at the same price point I think it disappoints.

So although I love the colour, that’s probably all I love about this lipstick. If you’re looking for an inexpensive bold lipstick to see you through this trend then it’s definitely an option.

Rating 2.5/5

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Review: Lancome L’Absolu Rouge #392 Prune Amethyste

L'Absolu Rouge - Prune Amethyste

L'Absolu Rouge - Prune Amethyste

If I’m going to be really honest, I bought this lipstick because of the packaging; glossy black case with a magnetic clasp that provides that perfect ‘click’ as it snaps closed – Heaven.

Aside from that I also really like the formula of this lipstick, it goes on so silky and smooth, I spend all day just smooshing my lips together so I can feel it! This lipstick is VERY moisturising, it’s like having butter on your lips, so did I mention – Heaven?

This particular shade is what I describe as one of my ‘statement’ pinks. It’s very bright so I usually wear it with black and very minimal eye makeup. I’d describe this as a satin finish with a hint of sparkle so it’s great for evening or if you’re feeling particularly bold during the day.

Scent wise it’s a pretty classic ‘lipsticky’ smell. There’s a slight rose scent which I think is nice but if you are adverse to lipsticks that smell then this one might be a bit strong.

Every time I wear this lipstick I always say to myself, I should wear it more often and at $30 AUD it’s a fairly reasonable price to consider expanding my colour range!

Rating 4/5

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