L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Pure Reds

Loreal Pure Reds 1If you’ve yet to find your perfect red lipstick we’ll blame it on the fact that there are 285 shades of red visibly different to the naked eye – there are just too many to choose from! In an attempt to filter out the noise and help with finding that all important signature red lip, L’Oreal Paris have launched their Collection Exclusive Pure Reds* which will be available across pharmacies from September 2014.

Collection Exclusive by Blake - Pure red lips for the most iconic of looks

Collection Exclusive by Julianne - Lips of a vermillion red from the most exquisite fabrics

Collection Exclusive by Liya - Theatrical red lips for an opera of intensity

Collection Exclusive by Eva - Unexpected urban chic brick red lips

To cover a spectrum of women, L’Oreal Paris have based four lipsticks on their faces, Liya KebedeEva Longoria, Blake Lively and Julianne Moore so you have a lipstick suited for those with olive tones to their skin, redheads, black women and blondes like Blake Lively. Interestingly enough, I quite like the Blake Lively lipstick which could be due to it having warm undertones whereas the one by Liya would complement cooler undertones; Liya‘s lipstick still is my favourite however, it’s a true red that would look absolutely beautiful against brown skin.

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Onto the formula and feel of the lipsticks, I tend to shy away from mattes, namely MAC, as they can be quite drying. However I’m wearing Liya‘s shade while I type this up and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a matte lipstick, rather the formula is quite hydrating for a matte which is down to the jojoba in the lipstick. Granted you’ve given your lips a good scrub with a toothbrush or whatever else you use, there’s no reason why this matte wouldn’t look great. Not to mention the lipstick packs a punch in pigment, so if the idea of a red lip makes you run for the covers you’ll need to shed that fear or follow Karim Rahman, makeup expert for L’Oreal Paris‘ advice, “for a very trendy blur effect, apply the colour with your finger by tapping from the heart of your lips towards the corners”.

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!

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