Six Red Lipsticks | Favourites

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Hi Everyone!

Spring is upon us and that means finally wearing bright lips again. In the winter I usually stick to balm to keep my lips hydrated. Now that the sun is coming out and the flowers are blooming, it’s time to bust out my collection of red lipsticks.

These six red lipsticks are a mixed bag when it comes to price. You can definitely find lots of great reds that go with your skin tone no matter your budget. These aren’t all my red lipsticks but they’re my favourites.

 Covergirl Smoochies in #tweet me is perfect for light makeup days when you’re in the mood for a balm but you want a wash of colour as well. Mine is almost completely gone. This photo shows it twisted up as far as it can go. I used it all the time last spring and summer. I had another shade too (completely finished that one) which was #text me. It was a darker shade of red and I liked it just as much as this one!

MAC Ruby Woo is a total classic and for good reason! It’s a Retro Matte formulation which makes it super long lasting and gives a soft velvet effect. Be sure to use a hydrating balm under this one and the application will be much easier. If not, it can drag and feel impossible to apply.

Revlon makes some fantastic lipsticks, especially in their Superlustrous range! This is in the shade 006 Really Red. It’s a matte formulation but less dry/longlasting than MAC’s Retro Mattes. It has the slightest orange undertone, so I would classify it as a brick red. I prefer this one when I’m wearing a warmer eye look since warm colours on the eyes and a blue-toned red lip can look a bit confused at times.

Ohhh my old friend! Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 107 is one I’ve had for years with no regrets. It’s quite a dark berry red that can be worn year round. Want a vampy winter red? Use this. Want a striking summer lip? Use this. Seriously, anytime, anywhere. It’s easy to apply, lasts well, and makes your teeth look really bright because of its blue undertones.

This is my freshest pick for Spring. Revlon‘s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Passion is incredible. It’s not quite as matte as other liquid lipsticks on the market, but I think that can be a good thing. It has a mousse-y texture that doesn’t dry down completely. If you have dry lips, I definitely recommend it! This colour is a deep raspberry tone which makes it super wearable for daytime.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Ricco is so on trend right now. It’s a brownish red in a super matte formula. It’s great for evening events since it can hold its own through drinks without fading. The only downside is that a ton of product comes out on the doe-foot applicator. If you’re strategic and fearless you can get away with applying it without a lip brush, though.

attempted (emphasis on the attempted) doing some lip swatches. They didn’t turn out as well as I would have hoped and I even have some remnants of lip scrub on the corner of my mouth in some of the pictures! Hopefully it’s somewhat helpful to see the lipsticks on, haha.

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 I hope this inspired you to dig out a red lipstick from your makeup bag, or maybe you’ll pick up a new one for Spring!

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What’s your favourite red lipstick? Do you wear it year round? Let me know in the comments below!

Mary-Lou Manizer Highlight | Must Haves

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Who doesn’t have this amazing highlighter? If you spend any time on YouTube following beauty gurus, you might have heard about it… a million times.

Well, I was on the anti-bandwagon, as I often am with “over hyped” products. Guess what, this is definitely worth the hype. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (I got mine for less than $25 on Amazon here) is a golden highlight powder that packs a serious punch!

My favourite thing about this product is that it’s buildable. You can use different types of brushes to get different effects as well. A stiffer, more dense brush will give you a stronger colour payoff. Whereas a big fluffy brush will give you a natural, ethereal glow. I also own the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in the shade Brilliant but I have to admit I reach for The Balm one more often (and it’s half the price of the Hourglass powders).

Lots of blending gives a subtle glow…
Awkward vein highlight, haha…

Even though my skin type is combination-oily, I can still use highlighters with proper placement. By avoiding the forehead it doesn’t look greasy. Instead, I sweep this in a C shape from above the tail of my eyebrow down and along my cheekbone. I avoid bringing it onto the apples of my cheeks. A slight dusting over the bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow gives a nice balanced effect.

Whether you want something for everyday, or a full-on night out strobing effect, Mary-Lou‘s got you covered.

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Do you have Mary-Lou in your collection? What’s your favourite highlighter? Let me know in the comments below!

Handful of Faves | Favourites

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This is a quick favourites post that’s designed to enable you if you’re feeling spendy and looking for something new to pick up. I grabbed five things out of my makeup bag that I love… maybe you’ll love them too!

non-greasy priming goodness…

Maybelline Master Prime in Blur and Smooth. I was loving this range almost a year ago in this post here!

light coverage and spf 30…

This bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is perfect for warmer days and light makeup looks.

the best way to look more awake than you are…

L’Oréal Magic Lumi Concealer Corrector layered over a full coverage concealer under the eyes is my go-to.

suble and matte…

This MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork is a fantastic base for other shadows or worn alone.

sensual yet understated…

At first I thought the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume would only be night time appropriate. As long as you keep your application light, it’s gorgeous during the day as well!

I hope this inspired you to dig through your makeup stash for a forgotten love… or maybe you found something new to add to your shopping list!

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Lush Easter: Good Egg | Haul

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The boyfriend surprised me with a Lush gift box!

I had the same face when I saw this!

This Good Egg gift box was totally unexpected and totally unnecessary… If he only knew I still have Lush Christmas products I haven’t used yet, haha. That’s not because I don’t love them, it’s because I feel as though they’re too special to use on a regular day. This is definitely a push to start enjoying and using what I have in my stash. I’m so glad he got this for me, there are some completely adorable limited edition items inside.

 

Such cute and functional packaging too. Lush always delivers on that front!

 

Humpty Dumpty, Fluffy Egg, Golden Egg, Blackberry, Spring Bunny (exclusive to this and the Bouncy Bunny set), The Comforter, and Brightside are included.

I hope you all get a chance to treat yourself this Easter. Whether that be to a giant chocolate bunny or a lovely bath!

Glitter problems…

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How are you enjoying Easter this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Skin Care Series: Acne / Sensitive Toning | Favourites 

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the second instalment of my skin care series. In this post I’ll be discussing toning. If you missed the first instalment of this series you can read it here.

 

There are two toners I rotate depending on how my skin feels that day or night.

The first one is a long-term favourite and one I don’t want to be without. It’s the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner. It uses fruit acids to gently refresh and refine the skin. I sweep this over my face after cleansing and before moisturizing (as you normally would with a toner). It’s definitely gentle enough for me to use twice daily. The quality that makes this special is that it doesn’t feel stripping whatsoever. If you’re looking for a light refresh and a good skin prep before using a treatment, I highly recommend checking this out.

My other favourite toner is one I’ve been using for about a year. The Kate Somerville Clarifying Toner boasts the ingredient phytic acid to brighten skin tone and diminish acne scars. It also has aloe which calms skin. This is more intense than the Clarins one, and I reach for it morning or night when my skin feels gunky. I highly recommend it if you have oily skin.

There are so many options for toners based on your skin type as well as concern. It’s not the same thing (as per the teachings of Caroline Hirons). Skin type is, for example; oily. Skin concern, for example; is blemishes. If I got that wrong I have seriously failed Mrs. Hirons, haha. I highly recommend her blog to anyone looking for expert knowledge on which products are best from which brands and for what skin types.

The next topic in this series is treatments. I have annoyingly finicky skin that’s sensitive but also requires powerful ingredients to make a difference. I’m happy to report I’ve found some that strike a good balance, so they might be helpful to other people too!

Which products do you use for toning? Let me know your favourites in the comment section below!

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