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Review: L’Oreal Infallible #425 Always Apricot



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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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!

Emma Stone_Red Hair

Emma Stone is all Hollywood glamour

Florence Welch_Bold Red

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

Christina Hendricks_LA Times

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.


Sasha Pivovarova is emulating Jessica Rabbit in this shoot for Numero

Scarlett Johansson_Vogue Paris_2009

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: Maybelline Color Sensational #253 Cinnamon Stick

Maybelline ColorSensational-#253 Cinnamon Stick

Maybelline ColorSensational-#253 Cinnamon Stick

I really like the Color Sensational range from Maybelline, I have a few of them now and I just find that they are a great inexpensive lipstick that go on smoothly, are not too drying and wear incredibly well. I also really like the packaging as they have a different lid color for each color family i.e. brown for neutrals, red for red, pink for pinks etc, which makes it really easy to locate the one you’re after quickly.

This particular shade is probably my favourite, it’s on the Maybelline website as a Neutral colour but it goes on as a sort of earthy red. This lipstick has little flecks of coppery sparkle through it so it gives a shiny, but not glossy, finish and the color payoff is great. It’s a rich red that is muted enough to be wearable everyday and, if applied with a brush, will seriously last hours. I had it on today and it lasted through breakfast, morning snack, a couple of cups of coffee all the way up until lunch time and, although it had lost its sparkle, was still in pretty good shape. It didn’t make it through lunch but I’m still fairly impressed.

So the downside? It smells like cinnamon-vanilla play dough! If you’re a fan of play dough, you’ll love this lipstick, and even if you’re not it’s not a strong smell so it’s worth putting up with it.

Rating: 4/5

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The Dreaded Red – Entering the Brave New World of Red Lipstick

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour

I want this lipstick so bad but it’s likely to hurt the budget so  it’s probably not such a bad thing that it’s not available down in the land of Aussie just yet!

It has got me thinking though. This is a BOLD red and I know that for many, myself included, taking that leap into the red lipstick territory is really daunting. I worked with a woman who wore red lipstick every day, she had light blond hair, porcelain skin and these beautiful bright red lips that looked simply fantastic. I always admired her courage to work the red, but was certain that it would look silly on me.

So here’s what I did, I made a pact to wear red lipstick twice a week for a month, and I won’t lie, it was hard! You feel like everyone is staring at your lips and that you surely look ridiculous. I almost gave up until  one morning, when I was on the tram to work, and this lady sitting opposite me said “What lipstick are you wearing? It’s a beautiful colour, I feel like I could actually wear that”

And that was my turning point, because I realised that I had become the woman who looked great in red lipstick, that woman that other’s admired for my courage whilst thinking they themselves could never pull it off.  My advice is to go for it, yes it may be scary at first, but once you break through that initial barrier, it’s fabulous!

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