Friday, 28 December 2012

My Favourite Winter Lip Products!♡

In the winter I am a huge fan of bold, dark lip colours such as red and vampy berry colours. However, I also think that a nude lip can look great in winter, especially with a dressed down outfit like an oversized jumper, leggings and a scarf. During winter it is very important for me to take care of my lips by using moisturising products to help prevent and protect my lips from splitting and cracking, hence why this post will feature products that are both moisturising and provide a significant amount of colour and shine to the lips.

Elf Matte Lip Colour - Rich Red

I bought this product during a promotion on the ELF website, and due to the rather low price (£3.75) I wasn't expecting miracles from the product, but after using it a few times I am very pleasantly surprised!

As you can see by the bottom image, the lip colour is highly pigmented and gives a chic matte finish. A matte finish is perfect in order to create a really bold lip colour that stands out.
The shade of lip colour is 'Rich Red', which obviously gets it's name from the deep magenta and red colours of the lip stain.
This lip colour looks especially great when teamed with an outfit containing lots of dark winter colours such as navy, black and grey. It also looks great when teamed with a subtle dark eye look, as the dark lips really draw in lots of attention.
Overall, this is a perfect winter lip colour as it is a striking berry colour that can add extra definition to any outfit or make up look. The packaging is easy to use and easily transportable, which makes it easier for application on the go.

You can buy this product here.

Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick - Baby Baby

Having owned this product for a while, I had never really used it properly until the start of this winter. The moisturising powers of this lipstick really appealed to me and proved very helpful during the cold weather. It provides quite a sheer pale colour, however it is easily buildable and gives the lips a beautiful shimmer.

This lipstick has a very creamy and moisturising consistency, as shown in the third and fourth pictures. The product feels very soft on the lips and definitely makes them feel more moisturised.
It gives quite a sheer coverage however it is easily buildable and can create a very noticeable pink shine with flecks of gold and silver.
I especially like this lipstick during the winter as it is moisturising for my lips, helping to protect and prevent them from cracking. Also, it requires no "special application", meaning it is easy to take with you when you go out and apply on the go.

This product no longer appears on the Boots website. However, it is available to purchase here.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula

Although this differs from the other lip products in this post due to the fact it is an everyday lip balm with no pigment, it is definitely one of my favourite lip products to use in the winter.

Firstly, the smell of this product is absolutely amazing. As soon as the lid is removed from the product, there is a strong smell of indulgent cocoa butter, which often tempts me to try and eat the lip balm off my lips. (it does not taste as nice as it smells)
The packaging allows the product to be easily transportable, meaning it is very easy to throw this little lip balm in your handbag and apply at any point in the day.
The balm moisturises your lips fantastically and prevents them from common winter problems such as wind-burn and chapped lips.
The product is very inexpensive and also lasts for a long time, so it is great value for money. This is a product that should always have a space in your handbag during the cold winter months.

This product is available in most high street pharmacies. You can buy it here for £1.29.

MAC lipstick- Hot Tahiti

Having previously written about this product in a post yesterday, I don't really know what more to say.

Just like I said yesterday, it is the perfect winter berry colour that can be used to add heaps of definition to dull outfits and make up looks. It has a creamy and moisturising consistency, which is especially important during the winter.

You can buy this product here.


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Thursday, 27 December 2012

My First MAC Purchases!♡

After months and months of browsing the MAC website and painfully watching videos of popular youtubers talking about their favourite MAC products, I have finally purchased my first MAC cosmetic items! 

Mineralize Skin Finish - Soft and Gentle

I first heard of this product from Louise in one of her blog posts, and ever since then I have been very intrigued by the product and it's benefits. When in store today, I had to debate whether to buy a studio foundation or the mineralised skin finish, however the amount of good reviews I had seen of the skin finish helped me to make my decision.

As I have only owned this product for a very short space of time, all of my observations are based purely on my first thoughts and impressions of the product.
At £21.50, this purchase was very unusual for me as I wouldn't normally spend that much money on a face powder/highlighter, however I am sure that it will be worth it as this product is of fantastic quality and seems like it will last me a long time. 
I chose the shade 'Soft and Gentle' as it is very pale and natural, which is a factor that is vital for me when buying facial products such as powder.
This product is full of shimmer and contains flecks of colours such as gold, silver and bronze. It creates an overall healthy glow on the skin that looks particularly great when in the sunlight or on photographs.

You can buy this product here.

Lipstick - Hue

My quest for the perfect nude lipstick has been long and hard, although I have finally fallen in love with a nude lipstick with all of the properties that I was looking for.

As you can see, the lipstick is packaged in the famous black bullet-like casing, which looks very professional.

Hue is the perfect everyday lip colour for any season. Whether you're dressing up or dressing down, a nude lip always adds a touch of glamour to a make up look. The pigmentation of this lipstick is absolutely incredible, although that was expected due to the fact that MAC lipsticks are notoriously well pigmented. The nude lipstick also contains flecks of gold and silver, which gives it an extra element of shimmer on the lips.
The consistency is very creamy and moisturising, which is especially helpful for me in the winter months as my lips are prone to cracking and splitting during the cold weather.
As this product is £14, it is yet another product that I felt very guilty for spending money on, however it is something that I have had my eye on for a long time, and it is worth the money due to the incredible quality.

You can buy this product here.

Lipstick - Hot Tahiti

Hot Tahiti is the third and final product that I purchased from MAC. I saw it as somewhat of a bold choice as I am normally not one to go for bold lip colours, but I am up for experimenting with lots of different make up looks.

(A swatch of Hot Tahiti next to a swatch of Hue)

Hot Tahiti is the perfect lip colour to use in order to create a dark and vampy make up look. The lipstick is highly pigmented and leaves a bold colour on the lips which attracts the eye.
Red and burgundy have been my 'go-to' colours this winter, so I can't wait to try out lots of different make up looks using this colour of lipstick. It is very much a winter colour as it is very dark and berry-like. This winter I have found myself often teaming burgundy accessories and clothing items with other staple items such as my leather jacket and black leggings, as I feel that the two colours together create the perfect vampy look.
Just like Hue, this lipstick also costs £14. Although it is a little bit pricey, as with all MAC products you are paying for pure quality and the longevity and overall look and benefits of the products definitely make up for the price.

You can buy this product here

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