Budget Beauty: Statement Lips

 photo 2014-03-09103923_zps7c6fc87f.jpgI’m a huge fan of statement lips – I love a nude eye and a nicely defined lip. I am virtually never wearing nothing on my lips – there will always be a tinted balm on there, or a neutral lipstick. I just feel so much more ‘done’ with a lip product on!  Over winter I stuck to two main colours (other than my beloved neutral shades, but that’s another post!)  – a bright red and a pink-toned berry shade.

My favourite red lip combination is Revlon Matte Balm in Standout, then topped with Bourjois 3D-effect in Rouge Democratic if I fancy a glossy finish. I find layering lip products like this really helps make the colour last, although the matte balms have amazing staying power anyway!

I talked about my love of berry-lips in a post here, but my favourite products are Bodyshop’s Cheek & Lip Stain, topped with a Tony Moly tint in ‘grape.’ I wouldn’t call the product a balm as it definitely isn’t moisturising, but its certainly a long lasting product! To top up this colour I’ve recently been using Bodyshop’s Born Lippy in Plum, which smells fantastic and offers decent moisturisation and a nice tint that’s subtle enough to risk applying without a mirror!

Now that the weather is brightening up and the sun is out more I’ve been looking into brighter shades – I’ve loving the Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive recently! If you haven’t guessed I’m a huge fan of these balms, and there’s a list of other shades I want to purchase – they really are wonderful, and fabulous quality for the price!

What’s your favourite lip product?

Beauty Review: Ted Baker Giftset

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I received this as a little though much appreciated stocking filler. A generous pot of nail polish with matching lip gloss, these two products were in my favourite shade of berry-toned pink and I couldn’t wait to try them out. I actually wore them both for the first time on New Year’s Eve, so this post has been a long time in the making! No swatches I’m afraid as I really struggle doing those on a mobile phone (I am looking into a tripod and remote combination to help!) so you’ll just have to put up with my descriptions!

The nail-varnish is definitely lovely – a deep berry colour, with a complete covering on two thin coats. It’s not the shiniest, and also has a metallic finish so didn’t look right with a top coat, but it did last a good three days without chipping, which on me is very good! Only downside is that it lefts my nails feeling a little brittle, though it was easy to remove. A definite keeper in my polish collection.

Onto the lipgloss, and here I’m more on the fence. I love, love, love the colour, its bright and vivid, a true raspberry tone without being overly vampy. It plumps up the lips (slight tingling on applying) and isn’t overly glossy (a look I despise). But it seemed to wear off unevenly and ended up patching after drinking. Not a problem, but what was left was very definitely a stain, and it was very difficult to neaten up! I haven’t attempted to wear this since, but I will update if I do and if priming my lips better improves the staying power.

 photo IMAG0702_zpsrgoifm6j.jpgAnd the packaging is gorgeous! All in all, it was a good little gift-set. I wouldn’t rush out and buy it for myself, but I would look into other Ted Baker sets when buying gifts for friends and family, and I definitely wouldn’t complain if I received this!


January Buys

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After having my birthday (and Christmas of course) in December, I knew I had a little bit of spare money to spend in any sales I saw popping up. I didn’t want to spend all my money as up until last week I was planning on treating myself to a camera as an upgrade from my phone. That plan came to an end when I dropped and smashed my boyfriend’s tablet. That wasn’t insured. Two days after the warranty ran out. Ooops. With the help of my lovely parents I bought a new one and insured both that and my rather more expensive phone (which I dropped at the same time, but managed to catch), but its put an end to my camera lust.

Anyway, I did managed to score quite a few bargains in the sales this year, as well as updating my make-up collection with some full-price but still low-budget items. I also managed to get hold of some excellent bargains, but that’s a separate blog post altogether!

First up – general makeup items…

2014-01-26 09.46.18I picked up another Bodyshop Eyeshadow Blending Brush in one of their 40% off events. I bought a lot of brushes from there a few months ago, and this turned out to be one of my favourites and most-used so I wanted a back up! Funnily enough my new one seems even softer than the first!

The hunt for a concealer pale enough for me seems to have finally ended upon discovering 17 Stay Time in Extra Fair. My first impressions are that is it lightweight and easily blendable, although perhaps not the highest coverage. This doesn’t seem to be online, hence the lack of link!

I gave into Blogger Hype and bought a Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Standout. I absolutely love this, and its now become one of my favourite lip products. I’ll definitely be picking up more shades!

On the cheaper side of lip products, I picked up an MUA Power Pout in Rendezvous. This shade looks awful in the packing and on the crayon, but on my lips its lovely and neutral, but leaves a slight ‘my-lips-but-better’ stain. For £3 I don’t think you can go wrong!

Moving forward I splashed out on a Bourjois Colour Edition 24H cream eyeshadow – though no idea which shade I got as its not on the tub! Its a pale, neutral, slightly shimmery bronze which just looks really natural, and is the perfect base for my Naked 3 colours.

I then treated myself to something that has been on my list for ages – Bourjois Java Rice Powder. I haven’t tried this yet due to a weird skin reaction, but I will be doing so soon (rather excited by this one!).

Finally I got myself a Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Taupe. Have to say I’m really impressed by this – I’ve always used Rimmel eyeliners and this is definitely one of the best I’ve tried!

2014-01-26 09.50.32Living with Libby I knew it wouldn’t be long before I started getting into painting my nails, but I wasn’t quite expecting to literally triple my colour collection in the last few months! These are my last buys – including a neutrally-brown, a rose-gold glitter, a navy, a burgundy, and a gold.

2014-01-26 09.51.21This gold glitter polish was only 50p in the clearance section of boots, so I couldn’t resist!

You might also be wondering about the pattern in the background of these pictures – that’s actually a dress I bought in Primark for an amazing £2! Its obviously wrongly sized (1, the two labels claim different sizes, and 2, it is definitely not a 14!) but whatever size it actually is it fits really nicely, and I think it will look great with ballet pumps, belt and cardigan in the spring. I can’r wait until the weather brightens up!

Did you treat yourself to any beauty buys in the sales?