Can Lipstick Make You Happy? – The 5 Day Trial

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Coco Chanel once said “If your sad, add more lipstick and attack”

With this in mind I’ve set about wearing five different lipsticks throughout the week to see if it added to my all round sassy nature and could give me a boost in mood.

Monday – I start the week as I mean to go on with the YSL rouge volupte shine in number 4 (£28) which is a red. Unlike a lot of my bold in your face reds, this shade is very subtle its formula is so light and creamy it puts me in mind of a lip balm. This allows the colour to be very versatile as you can use it for a light splash of colour for a day look or it can be blotted and built up into a bolder night glam. The Packaging is one of the most glamorous lipsticks I own and these are great for dressing table display.

Mood Enhancing? – Yes I felt good about myself throughout the day and due to the pretty packaging re-applying the lipstick made me feel like I was having a special treat.

Tuesday – Due to the success of yesterday I decided to do a full face of make up today which allowed me to go a bit OTT with my lipstick choice. The chosen one is the Smashbox always on liquid lip in Chill Zone (£19.00) and the colour is a “go big or go home” bold grey. I chose this as I love the Smashbox formula, their applicator is really easy to use which for me is essential when using loud colours. When first applied this does feel slightly sticky and takes a little longer to dry down but once this is set I can promise you it’s good to go all day.

Mood Enhancing? – I think Coco may have been on to something, after feeling good about myself the Monday I’ve now advanced to a full face and a dramatic lip whilst feeling I can crush the balls of anyone who crosses me.

Wednesday – As a lover of Mean Girls I’ve stuck to the on Wednesday’s we wear pink moto and gone with the Ofra long lasting liquid lipstick in Bel Air (£11.00), a pink nude that is the most complimentary nude lip for my pale skin tone. Ofra has a really soft formula that glides on and feels so comfortable to apply, the liquid lip sets in about a minute and can feel a little drying to the lips. Throughout the day this did need reapplying although due to the shade being such a nice match to my skin tone this didn’t bother me to much.

Mood Enhancing? – I went for an all over more subtle look today but still felt pretty and put together, apart from one or two reapplications I liked being this low maintenance yet still feeling confident enough if I was to bump into someone I know I wasn’t going to run and hide.

Thursday – When playing with lipsticks I have a go to dramatic look I always love to do using M.A.C smoked purple (£17.50), after two days of liquid lipsticks it’s safe to say my lips need a rest and this is a bit kinder for them. The deep berry colour adds a bit more dimension then going for a solid black. As always with M.A.C lipsticks this is soft, creamy and glides on with strong colour pay off and a matte finish. Smoked purple gives the effects of a liquid lip without drying your lips out (this does need reapplying throughout the day, after eating/drink etc.).

Mood Enhancing? – When wearing this lipstick I get really nostalgic, it reminds me of loads of good times (my brothers wedding, date night at a very nice restaurant with my husband and so on). I can’t help but feel good when I wear this.

Friday – For the last day I have used one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas and that would be Jeffree Star velour liquid lip in I’m Shook (£16.00). I’m unsure if this particular shade is still available as I believe it was limited addition but there is a vast range of colours available from this brand. I need to purchase more of these as for a liquid lipstick they are the best, soft and smooth, quick setting and colour that does not budge. The velour liquid lip is also one of the only liquid lip where I don’t get transfer onto a glass or smudging, it is my one true love lipstick wise.

Mood Enhancing? – This is lipstick you can take on the world with! I felt happy and confident throughout the day and when you think it takes a minute or two to apply it’s all worth it.

Throughout the week I have really reignited what make up means to me and learnt that it can be an instant pick me up when your feeling a bit down or frustrated. I have also found that I use make up especially lipstick to show off my personality, one day I want to be bold and eye catching, others I want to be more natural and demure. I use make up for myself and to make myself feel good, as long as you are having fun you can cake and bake as much as you want whilst ruling your own world in heels, trainers or flats (whichever you prefer).

This has been a really interesting week discovering what make up does for me, Do you ever use make up as a mood booster? What are your favourite go to products that give instant thrills? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @katesbeautyhome as I would love to hear your thoughts.

Hope you enjoyed this post as always the next one will be on Tuesday.

Kate x

The best liquid lip from Smashbox

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After three weeks away from blogging as each of my children have come down with viruses, it is safe to say I am finally back on it and ready to indulge in as much make up and skincare as possible.

One of my most recent purchases has been two of the Smashbox always on liquid lipsticks. These are the first Smashbox products I’ve ever tried and I’m going to jump right in and say they are AMAZING.

The two colours I purchased are “some nerve” (purple) and “chill zone” (grey) both retailing at £19.00 each for 13fl. Oz/ 4ml from the Smashbox website. They have 20 shades to choose from in their always on liquid lip range so you will not be stuck for choice.

I bought these a few weeks ago so have had plenty of time to play around with them and test their 8 hour lasting claim and I am so in love with these, they are beyond good.

The applicator is very easy to use and due to its pointed edge you can get a really precise edge that does not bleed out, even with the two bold colours that I have chosen. There is also enough product on the applicator from one dunk to complete the whole lip without any gaps, runs or patches.

During application the liquid feels soft, smooth and is very light weight. It glides on easily and gives plenty of time to get you application perfect before it even starts to dry down to a matte finish.

The colours are extremely strong and pigmented, you definitely don’t have to “layer up” to gain a bold, even look, the product pretty much does this on one application. The colours themselves are lovely and the range really does have a vast choice (nudes, reds, purples and grey are all available).

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Once the lipstick has dried down it is surprising how soft your lips still feel as other liquid mattes can be quite drying and heavy on the lip. The all day wear is very light and if it wasn’t for the bold colours it would be hard to tell there was anything on your lips from touch alone. There is no stickiness or cracking making it an all round pleasant product to wear.

To test out the 8 hour wear claim I used the grey one first thing in the morning and went about my day, drinking coffee, water (minus a straw), eating and just generally doing everyday things. These little babies last!!

After about two hours I was surprised by how good my lips were looking, the colour still going strong with no bleeding, cracking or crumbling. My lips still didn’t feel dried out and I was still rocking a good look lip wise.

Six hours in and things were still holding up. The colour was fading slightly but not in a way where it needed re applying or looked messy. The colour was just not as bold as it had been at the start of the day.

I removed the liquid lip before the full eight hours as I was removing all other make up at the time and the only way it would remove completely is with an oil based liquid.

Due to it having such staying power and being so bold in colour I was expecting my lips to stain slightly but they didn’t which is an added bonus.

Overall these are impressive! Price wise they are a mid range product and as you literally only need one swipe for a full coverage of colour they will take a while until your at empty bottle stage.

The range of colours available is great as there is a lot of choice and their easy application and staying power is a winner.

I will definitely be purchasing a few more from the range, whilst looking at other Smashbox products to try out.

Any thoughts on these let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564. Also any recommendations of other Smashbox products that have worked for you would be appreciated.

Kate x

links

https://m.smashbox.co.uk/product/18755/42295/whats-new/always-on-matte-liquid-lipstick#/shade/Dream_Huge

 

Jeffree Star x Manny MUA Bundle

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I have been admiring these products since they were originally launched and missed out last time so there was no way I was going to miss out on this collab when it was released for a second time. Believe me it has not been easy!

My first order was for the bundle box which included the two liquid lipsticks and their new Uranus highlight so I paid for it and waited for the next day delivery, only to receive an email saying there was a problem with the order and they were now out of stock. I then had to re-order the items individually but could only get the original Eclipse highlighter as beauty bay did not carry Uranus as an individual.

After  all the chaos I have finally got the items and they are beautiful. I hate to be a lover of the packaging as all in all if the product doesn’t work it doesn’t matter how it looks in the box, but seriously the presentation on these is one of my favourite.

The boxing is a chequered matte black and holo black so when you move it in the light it glimmers, giving a look of twinkling stars in the sky (which is rather fitting with the planet theme). This packaging got me all excited to use the products.

I’m going to start with the Eclipse highlighter, as with all of his products it 100% vegan and cruelty free (no bunnies harmed here which is nice). For £25.50 you are getting 15g/0.53oz of product.

This is my first Jeffree Star highlighter and before buying I was told they were big and by god that is true. It is literally one of the biggest pans I have owned and it is full to the top with shimmering powder.

The highlight itself looks golden in the pan but upon use it gives a very pink shimmer that I like as I’m fair and golden highlights can look like a very shimmery bronzer on my cheekbones (not a good look to see).

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The formula is soft, creamy and lightweight so no problems there. It is also very blendable but it does need to be built up to achieve a blinding look. It is great for day to day and it doesn’t have to be built up too much for a stronger look.

I found that with a wet brush it gave a very intense look which is “what I like” (thank you Bruno). By doing this you really will be glowing to the point the stars themselves will wonder what they have been doing wrong. This shit is dramatic.

Price wise this isn’t the cheapest of highlighters out there but for myself I’d put it up with some of the best. It is just a dream to work with and the effect you can get with a damp brush has me sold. For me it out performs many of my other highlights which range from higher end to high street.

Moving on to the velour liquid lipsticks in “I’m Shook” and “Daddy” that retail for £16.00 each and you get 0.19fl oz/5.6ml of product.

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I bought these purely out of curiosity as I already own one of Jeffree’s Liquid lipsticks “drug lord” and I wasn’t a fan.

I’ll start with “I’m Shook” which is a burnt red/coral and it is highly surprising.

The colour is very strong and doesn’t streak, I didn’t have to go back and fill in gaps and it dried down nicely, lasting a good number of hours before needing touch ups.

The colour is stunning and very comfortable to wear although due to it being so bold I will be using this more for evening make up.

”Daddy” is my piece de resistance of the whole set. It’s a cool brown and can be used for day or night.

It applies the same as I’m Shook, giving enough colour off one swipe that you don’t need to go back and fill in gaps. Again it dried well and lasted a number of hours before re touch.

For both these liquid lips the applicator I found really easy to work with and gained great results without feeling the need to line my lips before hand.

As I whole I do love this launch it is extremely good quality and has been one of my favourite bundles I have bought in a while. It is pricey but really pretty, having products that can be used daily (this is how I justify it to myself). Again if your a Jeffree or Manny fan your going to want these in your collection and if your not I don’t believe you would feel let down by the products as they give great results.

Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter @KateL564. Also if anyone knows any other colours from Jeffree’s line which are worth giving a try give me a shout.

Kate x

links

www.beautybay.com

 

 

 

 

 

Jouer x Jeffree Star

IMG_0368.JPGThe latest Jouer lip topper has been released and it being a colab with Jeffree Star it is everything you would expect from the beauty mogul. The name being sweet tooth, it being the brightest of pink in colour and absolutely loaded with glitter. It really is like tinsel for the mouth!

Retailing at £13.50 every penny from this product goes to the Los Angeles LGBT Centre with neither companies taking a dollar for themselves which is great to see and hopefully sets an example for other brands to follow suit.

Here in the U.K it is available on beauty bay (I love this as you avoid shipping and custom prices but still get a chance to buy the product same time as the U.S) elsewhere I believe it is the jouer website. For the price you are getting 5.9ml / 0.20 fl. oz. of the topper, it being the same size as Jouer’s other toppers such as skinny dip.

What makes this product special? The packaging is different from their previous with a shiny metallic pink for the box, pressed with the Jouer logo, Jeffree’s signature to the front and the Jeffree Star cosmetics logo to the side of the box. The screw top of the product is a new chrome pink again with the Jeffree Star on the top. It is Jouer’s first pink lip topper and Jeffree himself has stated that there is more glitter present in this lip formula then any other in the Jouer line. So this baby is going to make lips shine!!

The box states this can be used on its own or under your favourite lip colour so I will be trying with both. Above I have swatched the colour on its own on my hand, the second is under a nude and the third under a bright just to give an example of the look.

Upon unscrewing the lid the first thing to note is the smell and it is a sweet as candy (my husband referenced me smelling like a pic’n’mix), sniff it too long and you are bound to get a sugar rush. The applicator is fine, easy to use and glide the topper on without making any major mistakes.

The formula is really nice (This is my first Jouer lip topper and I will be getting more) it goes on incredibly easily and is very smooth. It feels very nourishing but not oily or slippy. One of the main things I liked is it is not at all sticky. I dread the feeling of my lips being stuck together when using a gloss or lip topper, but this gave no issues and was very light on the lip.

The colour on its own is very pigmented but subtle enough for day wear provided you don’t mind a bit of glitter.

My favourite look was to use it over a bright coloured liquid lip. Due to the formula being so smooth it really prevented my lips being dried out from the liquid lip underneath. It also held the brightness of the liquid lip colour whilst adding a dramatic shine to my lips. I felt like a my little pony being let free after living a life without rainbows and I loved it!! When adding this to an already bold lip this is drama so I do really think you have to be into that kind of look to fall for this particular topper.

Personally I do rate the product, it makes my lips feel lovely and smooth, it has great colour pay off and adds the extra shine on top of a coloured lip so it is right up my street.

If your a fan of Jeffree and it’s something you’d love to have in your collection snap it up but be prepared to shimmer more then a disco ball.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments or on twitter @KateL564.

Kate

Links

www.beautybay.com

www.jouercosmetics.com

Giving it some LA Splash

IMG_0298.JPGI have really wanted to do a review on the LA Splash liquid lips as I don’t think they are hyped up enough. Seriously their formula is great, the have a good range of colours and for such an affordable price you cannot go wrong with these babies.

My latest buy has been the lip couture waterproof liquid lip in the colour vindictive and I am in love. The colour itself may not be for everyone but they have many other options to choose from.

What I want to sing from the rooftop about is their formula! The colours are so pigmented it only takes one coat to have a full coverage lip. The product dries matte but it is not too quick drying that you can’t alter mistakes or make adjustments. There is no streaking when applying unlike other matte formulas I have used and once it has dried there is no flaking, no pain or sense of lips becoming chapped. It is honestly like velvet and so light on the lip. Plus when LA Splash says “waterproof” they mean waterproof, this would stay in place during a tsunami to the point where it’s differcult to get off (olive oil worked a charm and didn’t leave any stain).

Lets just take a moment to talk price, which is a mere £9.50 and many of their colours are currently on sale at beauty bay, I for one have stocked up! Cheaper then your average liquid lip and with the quality being this good I really do find these a bargain and they have fast become one of my main lip products.

Let me know if you have tried these out and love them or if they are not for you as always I’m so interested in what products work for some and not for others, comment below or tweet me @KateL564.

Kate

Links

www.beautybay.com