Lips As Well As The Tips

IMG_4609We all know Mavala for their iconic 5ml nail polishes, but how many of us knew they did makeup? I was definitely out of the loop until I heard about their Sugar Free Lip Gloss* collection of six candy hued lip glosses. I think when a brand like Mavala is well known for a particular thing, its best to just stick to it and do it well however after having a play around with the lip glosses I’m so all over Strawberry and Blackcurrant that I’m going to need Mavala to bring out some more shades.

First things first, these lip glosses pass the No Stickiness Test – a lip gloss can be made from diamonds for all I care, but it won’t be touching my lips if it’s sticky. Now that’s one box ticked, the others? Lip gloss applies like a dream, tiny particles of Mother of Pearl for shimmer to give that ‘wet look’, vanilla scent so good you might eat it, perfect juxtaposition of sheer and bright and there’s also free radical fighting vitamin E and nourishing grape seed oil thrown in for good measure. As far as I’m concerned, Blackcurrant is on my short list of the best lip glosses, but for £10.25 I’d feel slightly guilty handing over the cash however it’s definitely worth it so my guilt would quickly disappear.

matching lips and nailsAnd if matching lips and tips is your thing, then you’re in for a treat. I dug through my stash and found Strawberry and Blackcurrant some friends!

Budget Beauty | Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me

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20130723-012455.jpgThe frenzy surrounding the Maybelline Baby Lips has been absolutely insane, I doubt I need to introduce you. But just in case you aren’t acquainted, say hello to super moisturising tinted lip balm goodness. According to Maybelline the Baby Lips are said to leave lips 82% visibly less dry, 94% less rough, 77% more supple, and 77% better looking after just four weeks of use. Now, I’m a statistic sceptic but I think Maybelline are telling the truth, and that’s probably down to a lip softening blend of shea butter, centalla and SPF 20 to protect.

Although I love lipstick, I don’t like to wear it during the day as it feels a bit much unless the formula is light and sheer. However I do love my colour, and Cherry Me doesn’t disappoint as it’s a sheer wash of deep pink. Cherry Me is for those not brave enough to venture into the waters of the big bold lip just yet – sheer yet packs the right amount of punch. And the good thing is that you can ditch the lip balm at home as Baby Lips are ridiculously moisturising.

I paid just 15 SAR for Cherry Me which comes to about £2.62. It’s definitely a budget buy, but slightly cheaper than £2.99 which is what Baby Lips will go for in the UK when they’re available in August. Brits have been waiting for what seems like an eternity for the Baby Lips, but good things come to those who wait. They also say that the best things in life are free, but at £2.99, let’s just say that the best things in life are almost free too..

Sorry I Can’t Think Of A Title Because I’m Too Busy Drooling…

IMG_1653IMG_1629I’ll be honest – drugstore makeup brands don’t really appeal to me. With the exception of a few brands I feel that since I can’t find foundations to suit my dark skin just don’t bother with them. However I did say exception, and Sleek MakeUP is most definitely one of those exceptional brands that I will love forever and ever because the quality of their products by far exceed the price they’re sold for. It’s amazing to see how much Sleek has changed since the days I’d buy their products from my local black hair store. Quality still just as good, but the product releases just keep getting better and one of the latest additions to their family is the Lips 4 Lipstick Palette.

Sleek has launched 6 lip quads and I got my hands on Tease, isn’t it a beauty? The palette is varied in red hues – a red with orange and peach tones to a red that I think Little Red Riding Hood would’ve worn! Also, the finishes are different with gloss, satin or matte which is great as it’s simple to change your look when you’re on the go rather than having to carry around one matte lipstick another lip gloss, it can be a hassle. Just the other day I went from an exam to a networking event and I was good to go after popping the quad out of my handbag and giving the top left shade a little swirl.

IMG_1645For just £8.99 I don’t think one is enough for me, I’m planning another trip to Superdrug and I’ve got my eye on Mardis Gras and Showgirl!

My Favourite Lip Crayons

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photo 3 (1)I love a great lipstick, but I’ve always preferred lip glosses and crayons for everyday use. They’re moisturising and usually pack a punch of colour so they’re somewhat what you get when a lipstick and lip balm have a baby. I’m always carrying at least 3 lip crayons at a time, I just recently counted how many lip products I had and I think it came to nearly 31 and most of them were lip crayons. Madness.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense - The Chubby Stick Intense* is the bolder, louder sister of the original Chubby Stick. It gives full on coverage while keeping your lips moisturised, and I love that the finish isn’t as glossy and balmy as the original either. You really could get away with them being just lipsticks. My favourites are Chunkiest Chilli and Plushest Punch.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick - I’m a huge fan of the usual Soap & Glory products, but I didn’t think that their makeup would be as good. I’ve now been proven wrong and the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks* are definitely one of my all time favourite lip crayons. They’re incredibly moisturising and have a gorgeous vanilla smell which reminds me of MAC lipsticks. They come in three shades, Nudist and Fuchsia-Ristic and Plum Jam which looks beautiful on darker skin.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain – First of all, I hate the name; there’s nothing about these crayons that would suggest you’ve been bitten on the lips. Why would you want that anyway? Regardless, these crayons come in a huge variety of shades with my favourites being Crush and Lovesick. The Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains really do what they say on the tin, or shall I say tube – they definitely stain. I’m sure nothing would annoy you more than spending a lot of money on a lip crayon that never stays, but for just £5 at Boots you’re getting great value for your money!

Ted Baker Lip Crayon Set - I should have written about these Ted Baker Lip Crayons* a long time ago because they were a gift set sold for Christmas but I posted them on Instagram and a lot of you were interested in them! Anyway, there are 4 of these lip crayons in shades ranging from coral to dusky pink. These crayons also have full colour coverage but they’re also quite glossy.

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