Spring: My Favourite Lippies

Hey honeybuns, this month has been a really bad month in terms of how much money I’ve spent and how much beauty I’ve accumulated, but the sadder thing is, is that most of the things I’ve bought haven’t even been delivered yet – sad times 😦

As it’s finally spring, and the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping (earlier and earlier -_-) and the days are becoming longer -yipee! I thought let you in on all the lippies I’ve been rocking this month… well, just because!

I’m a simple kinda gal, so I always stick to similar colours that suit my skin tone and that I feel confident wearing. As I’ve had a couple of days off work, I’ve been getting out and dressing up a little more than usual, so take a look at what I’ve been using on my lips, maybe you’ll try these out for yourself…

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So first up – it obviously has to be a lip balm – a staple product in my makeup bag and if you read my Beauty Blogger Tag, I’m sure you know what it is. Last week I visited Lush and  I was actually in need of a new lip balm as my old faithful – Carmex -had run out. I chose Honey Trap as it’s quite thick and instantly moisturising, and it smells like honey – can it get any better? The only downside is that it’s £6 for a small tub, but if you’re obsessed with lip balms like I am, take the plunge it’s a beaut!

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Next up is my NYX Strawberry Parfait Butter Gloss. This is a very recent buy for me, but I’m loving this gloss. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of NYX products but this gloss is perfect for me, it gives a great pink finish that’s not too offensive and ideal for wearing to work. The applicator is a great size too as well as the consistency – if like me and you get annoyed with really sticky formulas that are horrible to apply, this is a pleasant buy.

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I’m a diva at heart, so when I saw this beautiful MAC lip liner and looked at the name I knew it was meant to be lol. Ms Diva is a beautiful wine colour that looks great as a lip liner to add a deeper tone to a pink gloss or just great you want to use all over your lip. It has great lasting power too.

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I love, love, love this lippie, it’s one of my all time favourite and it’s a great colour for all year round. I bought this Urban Decay lipstick in Shame last year while in Barcelona and the packaging is so lush. I think its great for making an instant and easy statement, especially if the rest of your makeup is quite natural. The consistency of this lipstick is really creamy and not at all drying, which is what keeps me coming back!

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I’m always on the hunt for a good nude, but its so hard to find a great shade that compliments me #blackgirlproblems. On one of my last trips to Mac I found this lipstick which took forever to find – there’s just so much choice! Polished Up is a beautiful brownish pink shade that gives my lips a nice flush of colour. I often grab this one on work days or when I don’t want anything too noticeable on my lips. Again it’s really creamy, lending itself to natural makeup looks.

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Last but not least is an unexpected find – Barry M’s Cor Balmy in Rose Lea! It smells like marshmallows and gives me an iridescent pink hue on my lip, which I love for spring. This is my go-to lippie for every day, it’s so effortless and complements any makeup look I do.

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So what lip products are you loving for spring? Let me know hunnies! x

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Lush vs MAC – Battle of the Highlighters

So, I’m sure we’re all aware of the makeup trends such as strobing, contouring and most recently chroming and to be completely honest, I’m not a fan of them all, however, I do love a bit of strobing. I feel this makeup technique really accentuates my strong facial bone structure (I have high cheek bones) and overall creates a makeup look that glows, sparkles… and slays to the gods!

When I first heard of strobing I had to book myself a MAC makeup lesson to help me achieve a glowing look. The lady that was teaching me recommended MAC’s Strobing Cream – a luminous cream that highlights.  This cream truly does work to give your look a glowing luminous touch. You can use it under your makeup or mix it into your foundation and blend it into places that you want the light to catch – cheekbones, chin, eyebrow bone and down the centre of your nose.

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Finished Makeup after my MAC class with my lovely makeup artist
While I don’t use it all the time, when I’m on a girls night out, it works a treat and gives your look that extra pizzaz!

I checked into LUSH to look around their new products (I had no idea they did cosmetics) the other day, and the customer assistant recommended a product called Feeling Younger after asking if I had heard of MAC’s strobing cream. She made me try it on, saying it was another alternative to the cream, and I was instantly impressed, so I took  tester home to try out with my makeup – and let me tell you it’s a strong contender in the highlighting game!

Lush’s Feeling Younger is highly pigmented, has more of a golden shimmer and is less pearlised compared to MAC’s strobing Cream, which has a more of a silver finish to it.

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Lush -Feeling Younger (Top) MAC – Strobing Cream (Bottom)
As you can see the two are completely different pigments so, I decided to do a look using the Lush’s Feeling Younger and I was pleasantly surprised.

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On this occasion I feel Lush won the highlighting war, which I am completely surprised about as I’ve never tried anything from their cosmetic section, but I’m happy I did!

What do you think about this look? What’s your favourite highlighter and will you be trying Lush’s lush products? Let me know…