19/10/2012

red lip favourites

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Left to Right: MAC Dubonnet, Revlon Strawberry Suede, Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple, MAC Ruby Woo, Revlon Cherries in the Snow.


It might be an Autumn/Winter thing - what colour is more festive than red? - it might be my inner vamp trying to escape the dishevelled, grungy parameters I keep her in, or it might all be down to the return of No Doubt and Gwen Stefani's perpetually perfect ruby pout, but for some reason right now I cannot stop going for a bright red lip. I thought I'd share some of my favourites with you, because if anyone is going to appreciate me talking about lipstick to such an extent, it's going to be you, isn't it?

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Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple

This has definitely been the one I've been reaching for most frequently. It's my go-to daytime red as it's easy to apply, easy to wear, feels moisturising, wears well and fades fairly uniformly. It's a vivid, slightly orange-red that really brightens the face. A high-impact red with none of the high-maintenance. I quite like to keep this in my handbag, if on no-lipstick days I suddenly decide to change my mind.


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Revlon Matte Lipstick in Strawberry Suede

Strawberry Suede is more of a coral/orange red that's very bright, but, thanks to its matte finish, it's not too lurid for day. Although it is matte, I find it to be really velvety and not at all drying. For some reason, I love to wear this on crisp, frosty mornings... it just feels right. This has sadly been discontinued, but if you are interested, you could probably find it on eBay.


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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow

I was a little loath to include this at first, because I can never quite decide if this is a very deep pink or a very raspberry red, but I came to the conclusion that it was just too nice a shade not to include. Regardless of its colour, this is a magically flattering shade. It makes my teeth and eyes look whiter and suits all the skin tones of all the friends I have forced this lipstick upon. (I'm a little fanatical.) Glides on smooth like a dream and it's been around since 1953! There's a matching nail colour too, and I secretly love being all matchy-matchy and wearing the two together. 

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MAC Ruby Woo

This is the ultimate movie star red. It's incredibly matte and incredibly dry, but it does last forever and if you have exfoliated and moisturised your lips well beforehand (this is what I use) then it really, really won't budge. And you won't have to deal with it sticking to any dry areas. As it's so dry, I find it best to apply with a lip brush; it's a little difficult to start off straight from the bullet, but if I need a touch up, I can get away with going straight in. It's a serious, blue-toned red that demands some serious attention. Not for the faint of heart; it may make you wiggle around like a 50s starlet and flirt unabashedly with bartenders. 


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MAC Dubonnet

This was my first ever MAC lipstick, so it's kind of my baby and I'm totally in love with it. Like our old friend Ruby Woo it's another serious red. But if Ruby Woo is a playful flirt and a bit of a tease, Dubonnet is a vampy seductress, who does not take no for an answer. It's an 'Amplified' finish so it's incredibly pigmented and creamy and comfortable to wear, with spectacular staying power. It's warm with kind of brown undertones and I think it looks particularly striking against pale skin, but I expect it would flatter all. It's my absolute favourite winter lipstick, and if you're in the mood for vamping it up, I highly suggest you give Dubonnet a whirl.

So there we have it; my favourite red lipsticks. I hope you found this useful if you're in the market for a new red lippie, or if you're looking for a more daytime appropriate red, or if you're just a lipstick junkie (like me) who's constantly looking for new excuses to buy more.

Speaking of excuses, do you have any suggestions for reds I should try? What are your favourite red lipsticks? 


01/10/2012

Louise Gray for Topshop Blush

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Peach on the left, pink on the right.


This is my first ever cream blush, and ever since I bought it, I've been wondering what the hell I've been playing at until now. These blushes are incredibly easy to work with, really soft and blend-able and easy to build, from the slightest wash of colour all the way to a seriously intense brightness. The colours themselves are great too: a perfect, flattering peach and a cute-as-a-button pink. 

I love the look of the packaging - the mint green colour, the shiny bits, the zig zags, the pink gingham on the box interior - and the mirror gets a big practicality thumbs up from me. My only qualm is because the blushes are so lovely and soft, the inside can get a little messy. But if you're not as anal as I am then this is absolutely not a reason to avoid buying this.

My favourite thing about this product? Never, ever again will I have to choose between a peach or a pink blush for my travel make-up bag. I can just pop this beautiful baby into my bag and be good to go. 

There you have it, Louise Gray, solving life's biggest dilemmas.