Lip-Smackingly Good

Back to basics – the conditioning lip products that I can’t live without

When I was a pre-teen (about a hundred years ago), I was addicted to cherry flavoured Chapstick. I would apply it more times in a day than was strictly necessary.  If I even smell anything cherry scented now, it will instantly transport me back to my school playground days. This addiction moved on, and as a teenager I would apply whatever lip balms I could get my hands on.

 

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Now, if you have ever had a lip balm addiction, then you will be well aware that this is not necessarily a good thing. I haven’t done any specific scientifical research into the phenomenon that is ‘lip balm reliance’, but I am pretty sure that applying moisturising lip products every hour on the hour eventually become counter-productive.  In my experience, when I overdid the Chapstick application, my lips could no longer fend for themselves.  They too became addicted, and with it they were even more dry and cracked. What the what?!

Soooo, I went cold-turkey.  I cut myself off. No more cherry Chapstick for me. *sad face*

As an adult, however, I thought I may be able to trust myself to be sensible in my lip balm usage. And so the search began, to find one that would soothe my – often sensitive – dry lips.  I am really quite fussy about lip balms.  They can’t be too sticky, dry or smelly. I like them to be moisturising (obviously), and preferably in stick form so that I don’t have to poke (potentially dirty) fingers into a pot. If this were a movie, this would be where there would be a montage of me trying – and disliking – several lip balms. Fascinating stuff. I have settled on a couple of lovely lip saviours since then.

 

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You may notice from my pictures that neither of the products I am talking about today are in stick form. Oh well, you can’t tick every box can you. I have been using the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Cream Protectant for a few months, and it is wonderfully fabulous. Yes, it’s in a pot, but I can – just about – ignore that.  It is perfectly moisturising, and doesn’t leave a sticky mess behind.  It is glossy, and not so dry that I need to dig my nail in to get anything out.  No surprises there, considering the cult status of the Eight Hour products. Elizabeth Arden also offer a similar lip protectant in a stick form, and in tinted form too!! (lip tints and oils are my latest obsession).

 

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For taking away dry bits, I have recently discovered the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub. Ohmygerrsssh. This stuff is amazing.  It is a little bit fiddly and messy.  It’s really hard to JUST apply it to the lips; it usually ends up on my chin, all over my hands, and sprinkled on whatever surface I am standing near at the time. But it smells and tastes divine. The Lush Lip Scrubs (they also have mint and popcorn flavours) are oil based, so are a little bit moisturising as well as exfoliating. Being Lush, they are also vegan, and non-toxic.  Of course, you could very easily concoct a home-made alternative, and in fact when I run out I plan to give that a go (I’ll keep you posted!).

 

If you too have sensitive lips (mine are the worst) then you will understand the almost claustrophobic feeling that comes with having dry, chapped lips. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it is a real pleasure to have found a couple of lip products that deal with this.  All things in moderation though, and I try not to apply lip balm more often than I need to. I wouldn’t want to have to stage an intervention on myself.

 

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Defeating the Biggest Enemy of Them All

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She’s always there; chatting away.  Giving ideas, letting me get excited, then taking them away in the next breath. The only compliments are sarcastic.  A quick ‘well done clumsy’, when I drop something; knock a glass over; break a treasured possession.

She senses when I feel proud of myself; when I have achieved something. Up she pops, to bring me back to earth with a crash.  She’ll remind me that it was probably a fluke, it must be – I am a fraud after all. ‘No you don’t’, she says ‘don’t you go getting all high and mighty now. We can’t have you believing in yourself now, can we?

‘You are distinctly AVERAGE’

 

She reminds me of my flaws, should I ever forget. Tells me I’m not attractive, clever, or interesting enough to be a success. She points out the goals that I haven’t achieved, laughs in the face of my dreams and ambitions.

 

She’s there now as I type.  Pouring doubt over me like acid rain.

 

She won’t be quiet.

 

My inner voice.

 

Things are going to change.

I’ve got news for you, Inner Voice.  You’re fired.

I’m not taking your advice anymore.

I’m going to replace you.

I can do it.

I will do it.

I will succeed.

I will be someone.

I will be remembered.

I will achieve my goals.

 

I will do it day by day. I will make a plan, and stick to it.

I will look into my children’s eyes and remember – I created human beings. I am responsible for others now.

I will be their inner voice.

 

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Sunday Scent #12 – Escada Turquoise Summer

As I write this the weather has decided to stick its middle finger up at me.  It is pouring with rain, and the sun is hiding behind grey clouds aplenty.  In an effort to make myself feel more spring-like I have been dousing myself in Escada Turquoise Summer this week.  And now, when I thought I would share it as my Sunday Scent it’s suddenly winter again.  Oh well.

 

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TOP NOTES: Blackcurrant, Pineapple, Lemon, Orange, Strawberry, Raspberry, Rhubarb

MIDDLE NOTES: Peach, Violet, Melon, Rose, Orange Blossom

BASE NOTES: Vanilla, Caramel, Sandalwood, Musk, Milk

 

As you would certainly expect from the quantity of fruits in the notes, Escada Turquoise Summer smells seriously fruity.  It is a glorious fresh kind of fruity though, not overly sweet or heavy.  On first spray it is a very chemically scent, so I wouldn’t advise taking a huge sniff for the first few minutes. Not unless you want a sneezing fit anyway. As it settles though, I can definitely smell the blackcurrant.  Then, as it warms up on the skin, it becomes a sandalwood, floral fragrance that is neither too warm, nor too cool.  I absolutely love Turquoise Summer, and couldn’t wait to get it out of hibernation this year.

 

It was a limited edition summer fragrance last year, and I have no idea whether Escada will bring it out again this year.  For now though, Amazon do have some (here), so that’s good to know as I am getting through it at an alarming rate.  The lasting power is excellent, I can still smell it on my skin after 10 hours or more.  As for projection, it seems to stay fairly close to the body for the most part.

 

Now that I am breaking out my summer fragrances I am looking forward to wearing Escada Turquoise Summer to death this year, along with a couple of other summer faves.

 

 

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The Spring Make-Update

As the weather gets warmer I find myself changing things up in the face department.  Things definitely get more bronzed and even more glowy (if that’s possible for me).  So, after digging around at the back of my drawers, I thought I would let you in on the secret (not really secret) of my spring beauty picks.

 

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The Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer is a lovely warm bronzer.   It has a little bit of sparkle when it’s in the pan, but that isn’t noticeable on the skin.  I am naturally pretty fair, so I find this way too dark for the winter, but it’s perfect for spring and summer.

 

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I love to highlight all year round, but in the warmer months it becomes a serious business for me.  Other than my new Sleek Highlighting Palette in Solstice – which I have dreams about – I love both the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey, and the Makeup Revolution Goddess of Faith Highlighter.  Gilded Honey was a struggle to get hold of in the UK last year (I wrote about my struggles here and here), but it would seem that now I have it, it’s flippin’ everywhere! (here, and here for a start). Good news if I ever need to get another, and I will because I absolutely LOVE this highlighter.  It is gold and gorgeous, and despite looking glittery in the pan, it’s actually not on the skin at all. I haven’t reached for the Makeup Revolution Goddess Highlighter in quite a while, so it was nice to discover it a few days ago and give it another chance.  It is a pretty gold highlighter, that is just the right amount of intense on the cheeks.

 

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I don’t really like to use full on foundations in the spring/summer, preferring to use a lighter option.  I used the heck out of my Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream last year, and I have already brought it out for summer.  For me, it has the perfect amount of coverage, and leaves my skin looking healthy, but not overly cakey.  It’s perfect for dry skin, being hydrating but not sticky.

 

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I recently splurged on this Nars blusher in Angelika Looking at it, you might think it is a ridiculous choice for someone with fair skin, being hot pink and glittery.  However, in reality it is a very flattering pink.  There is glitter in it, which made me nervous to begin with, but it really just adds to the highlighted look that I embrace fully.  So pretty.

 

So these are my – new and old – most used face products for spring. As for eyeshadows, there is not one particular palette that I favour, but I have been enjoying a more natural look over the last few weeks.  I love a bit of orange in the outer corner of my lid, and not much else.  I think lighter looks are so much more flattering on sunny days. It might even be time for me to break out the self-tanner soon.  Eeek.

 

What about you? Do you make changes to your make-up as the seasons change?

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How Yoga has Changed My Life

Why Yoga?

I have done yoga on and off for years.  It started as a method of relaxation, and a way to stretch out tired muscles.  I also have a tendency to suffer from headaches. All the time.  Mainly tension headaches (originating in my neck, back and shoulders), but sometimes dehydration headaches, and – until I recently renewed my glasses prescription – eye strain headaches.

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This is simply my experience of using yoga to help with headaches, as well as for exercise.  I do suffer from headaches, they are a nuisance, but they are not chronic and are not migraines**

 

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Because I am so prone to them, it would not be an exaggeration to say I live in fear of that familiar tightening at the base of my skull. I know that there is a fairly good chance that I will suffer from a headache if I spend a day out and about (because I’m an introvert, but that’s a whole other blog post). If I spend too long staring at a screen (iPad, PC etc) I will end up with some degree of aching in the noggin.  I am constantly drinking water, not just because I like the way it helps keep my skin clear, but because I am terrified of becoming too dehydrated.  Am I sounding like I have issues yet?

 

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Then a few years ago I discovered the wonder that is yoga.  It works like magic.  Within minutes, I can feel the tension draining from my overly tight muscles.  At the beginning of this year I started running in the morning, and as my cool down I will do between 20 and 40 minutes of yoga. I never thought I would be someone who would enjoy working out, but I actually look forward to my hour or so of activity each day.

 

Yoga in The Home

For the yoga, I use a couple of different sources.  I have a few apps on my iPad (my favourite is Yoga Studio) that allow me to choose the length and difficulty of a session.  Of course, YouTube was also a revelation to me. It would be fair to say that YouTube is one of my guilty pleasures.  I even wrote about my Favourite Beauty YouTube Channels.  However, it was only recently that I discovered what a fantastic resource YouTube is for yoga.   My top two are Yoga By Candace, and Yoga With Adriene.

For straight to the point yoga, Candace is amazing.  She is strong, but real.  I love that she wobbles a bit, but makes it look easy at the same time.  When I want a proper sweaty workout (rather than a stretching relaxing one) I will choose Candace.  She does a mix of voiceovers and talk-throughs, and there is no filling or fluff.  Her yoga is varied, and I usually choose her Power Yoga videos.

Adriene, on the other hand, is relaxed and chatty.  She makes you work without even realising it’s happening, because she makes you feel like you’re working out with a friend.  What I love about Adriene is that she encourages you, (there’s a lot of ‘keep going my friend’s) and lets you know how many breaths are left in the more challenging poses.  Her style won’t be for everyone, and I do sometimes find myself urging her, in my mind, to stop talking and change poses. But only because it’s hurting.  And I am a wimp.

 

Yoga for Weight loss

But what about progress? Well, I am not looking like a yoga expert yet, and in fact I don’t see a difference at all.  However, there definitely IS a difference.  Three months ago I couldn’t do more than 10 seconds of plank without shaking like a leaf, and now I can not only hold it, but also move smoothly to the next pose.  I can even do side plank, which I honestly thought would never be possible.

Personally, I haven’t lost any weight since starting my yoga journey (ooh, get me) and that was never really the aim.  I started it as a way to get strong, and I am making steady progress in that respect.  I know there are a lot of people who swear by yoga for losing weight, and that’s great.  However, the main positive for me (other than the fabulous loosening of my aging muscles – four pregnancies took their toll) is that yoga has made me want to be healthy.  I finish a session, and I want to reach for a healthy snack more often than not (of course biscuits will always have a special place in my heart).

 

And the best thing? You really don’t need anything specific.  A mat is a good idea, but even that is not essential to begin with. Yoga is best done with comfortable clothing, and bare feet.

Yoga has helped massively with my tension headaches, and starts my day off in the best possible way.  It’s making me stronger, and more flexible.  In fact the only challenge is trying to hold downward dog while my toddler uses me as a bridge.

 

 

 

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Sunday Scent #11 – Marc Jacobs Daisy Blush

OK, so I needed another perfume like I need a hole in the head but… I have no will power when it comes to perfume, I’m the first to admit it.

I already have Daisy Eau So Fresh, and Daisy Dream, and apparently that wasn’t enough for me. It was the words Limited Edition that got me; I am a sucker for wanting something purely because I think it won’t be around for long. An advertiser’s dream, you could say. A fool, you could also say.

 

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TOP NOTES: Water Lily, Frozen Pear, Bergamot

MIDDLE NOTES: Lily of the Valley, Mimosa, Honeysuckle

BASE NOTES: Skin Musks, Precious Woods

 

Daisy Blush is floral and fruity, and perfect for spring. It also has excellent lasting power, and good projection. It dries down to a warm, soft scent that makes me think of flowers and ice cream on a warm day.   When I wear it (every day this week so far, it’s rivalling my usual fave) I cannot stop sniffing myself and smiling, like some sort of demented idiot. If I ever left my house, people would think I was very strange. Fortunately, my family are used to my oddities.

I don’t have the original Daisy, but I did look up the notes, and they are completely different to Daisy Blush. I don’t really get that; surely it should have similar notes at least? I imagine it is a way for Marc Jacobs (the brand, not the man) to capitalize on an existing success (feeling cynical today apparently).

Marketing aside though, it is just a gorgeous, feminine scent that makes me really happy when I spray it. And we all need a little bit of happy every now and again don’t we? After I sprayed it today, my seven year old son said (as I wafted past him) ‘why do you always smell so nice mummy?’ I don’t get many compliments from my kids, so this was a joy to hear.

 

And if that doesn’t make you want to buy Daisy Blush for yourself, I don’t know what will.

 

You may also enjoy: Sunday Scent # 10

 

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Monthly Favourites : March 2016

After not being able to find anything to get excited about over the last couple of months, March has been filled with them. I have successfully narrowed it down to a manageable number though, and here I present to you (drum roll please) my favourite products that have been adorning my face in March.

 

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Sleek Barekissed Illuminator – Monaco – £8.99 here

I have already mentioned this Sleek highlighter once or twice on here, but what’s a little repetition between friends? It is a liquid, that can be used all over the face, or as a highlighter on the high points of the face.  I haven’t been brave enough to use it all over yet, but as a highlight it is stunning.  I dot it across my cheekbones, and on my cupids bow, after foundation and before powder (following the powder/cream rules)  and it gives a gorgeous sheen to the face.  It’s not glittery, but it is quite white so best for pale skins like mine.  There are three other shades for different skin tones, and I may go and pick up another if I ever get around to fake tanning this year.

 

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Sleek Highlighting Palette – Solstice – £9.99 here

The second Sleek product of the month, and for good reason.  This little palette actually gets me more excited than is acceptable.  I looked at it a couple of months ago, and had it in my basket when shopping.  It was the day that I spent a crazy amount on this Smashbox palette, so I ended up putting it back.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it though, and made it my mission to buy it at the next available opportunity. And, wow, I am so glad I did. The palette contains four colours, three of which are powder; and one cream. The powders are ridiculously smooth and pigmented, and give the most intense gorgeous highlight.  They aren’t glittery, or chunky, and they are just so soft and gorgeous! Also designed to be used as eyeshadows, you can class this as a multi-use palette (however you want to justify it – no judgement here).  Because of the different shades (pink, ivory and bronze), I think this would suit every skintone.  I used the pinkish shade as a pop of shimmer in the centre of my eyelid the other day, and it made me so happy. So happy!

 

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Physicians Formula Happy Booster Illuminating Bronzing Veil

Physicians Formula is not a brand that is readily available in the UK, but after hearing many of my favourite beauty YouTubers rave about various products, I had to get my detective hat on and track some stuff and things down. (OK, I went on Amazon, hardly the work of Columbo).  In the absence of the Butter Bronzer, I purchased the Happy Booster Bronzer.  PF claim that this bronzer is  ‘Infused with our Happy Boost Blend featuring Happy Skin™ and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness…’ Now.  I don’t know about making me feel happy, but it is a lovely bronzer. The little hearts shapes are cute, and the bronzer is the perfect amount of colour for my pale skin. It is easy to use, and isn’t too intense.  The smell is actually a little odd – maybe I got a dud.

 

Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette – Spirit – £30 here

I have a serious weakness for eyeshadow palettes, this is not a secret.  This twelve colour palette from Stila is very, very pretty.  The colours are neutral, and very wearable for everyday, despite being mostly shimmery.  As with a lot of eyeshadow palettes, it doesn’t look particularly exciting until you swatch it.  You will see from the pictures that mine is broken.  That is why my one year old and I are no longer speaking.  (Just kidding, she’s one of my BFFs).  Apart from the crumbled pans though, this has been my most used palette over the last few weeks. It’s worth buying for ‘Kitten’ alone.

 

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Clinique Cheek Pop – Melon Pop – £17 here

If you read my recent post about blushers, then you will know that I have recently discovered peach coloured blushers.  I find them immensely flattering, and appropriate for any occasion. The Clinique Cheek Pops are admittedly not cheap, but blushers last forever, so that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.   Melon Pop gives the most subtle wash of colour, and is just so pretty for spring and summer.

 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray £5.95 – £10.25 here

This little bottle of Rosewater Facial spray can be used for setting make-up, soothing sensitive skin and giving a refreshing boost anytime of the day.  This particular 29ml bottle was a sample with an online order (I can’t remember where from, unfortunately), and it has already lasted me ages, and I’m not halfway through it yet .  I had been using the Pixi Glow Mist, not to set my make-up as such, but to hydrate after applying powder products.  My skin is so dry, that I like to give myself one last boost of hydration before I face the world. Even since I discovered this beauty – which helps a lot – I will still finish with a facial spray.

I love this Mario Badescu spray for helping my powder, blusher and highlighter to ‘settle’ and look more natural. It is oil free (unlike the Pixi Glow Mist) so it doesn’t feel clogging or heavy.  If we have a hot summer, I plan to pop the spray in the fridge and use it as a refreshing burst when my face gets too hot to handle.

 

Without intending to, I have managed to cover all the bases this month.  I could almost make my whole face up with just these six products. That wasn’t deliberate, but I like it!

 

What are your favourites this month? Leave me your links in the comments if you have written a monthly favourites post, I love reading them!

 

 

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil – Second Impressions

When you have dry skin, applying make-up (particularly base products) becomes a bit of a battle.  For the last few months my skin has been drier than a cracker.  We’re talking dry patches, tightness and scales.  It’s been real ugly.  My usual favourite primer (Too Faced Hangover, if you’re interested) has not been cutting it.

 

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When I saw the new Photo Finish Primer Oil from Smashbox, I was very intrigued.  Initially I wondered how an oil could possibly be a good idea.  Surely it would be too heavy and disgusting to wear under make-up? (I use Almond oil sometimes as part of my skincare routine, but only at night, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to get away with wearing it under make-up).  I couldn’t leave it alone though, and had to have a little play when I was in Boots.  And then… I bought it.

 

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Surprisingly, this Primer Oil is not heavy or disgusting.  It’s much lighter than a normal oil, and it sinks into the skin like magic.  In fact, this is what made me part with 28 squid in the end. I put a generous amount on my hand when shopping, and by the time I had finished talking myself out of buying all the Smashbox it has disappeared. It had soaked in, with barely a trace.  Now, £28 won’t be a lot to some, but to me it kind of is a lot for one product. Especially when I really didn’t know anything about it.

 

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One drop of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil when first applied. It’s runny and has a thin consistency.

 

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This is the Primer Oil when rubbed in lightly

 

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This is the Primer Oil a minute or two after rubbing in.

 

Smashbox actually suggest that the Photo Finish Primer Oil should be used as part of your skincare routine, both morning and night.  I have simply used it as an extra step before applying make-up, because that’s when I need it most.  And I have to say, after using it a couple of times,  I am most impressed.  I apply it after cleansing, serum-ing and moisturising, and give it a couple of minutes to soak in.  That’s all it takes for the magic to happen. I should probably point out here that I like a dewy finish; matte is not my friend.

What I find I am left with, after using the oil, is a smooth, hydrated base for my foundation.  Dry patches be gone!  After such a long time of hating the way my skin looks with make-up on, it is so nice to not to cringe when I look in the mirror anymore.  Despite liking a dewy finish, I really don’t like a sticky, tacky feeling (who does though?).  When using the Smashbox oil, I find that it is the perfect amount of hydration.  Dew without the shine, if you will.

 

Of course, this is only my second impression, so I am hoping that there won’t be any nasty effects. My pores have a habit of becoming clogged when I overdo the moisturising products, so fingers crossed that this won’t happen with the Smashbox Primer Oil.  I’ll let you know how I get on after a few more uses – be sure to check back for updates.

 

 

 

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Tinted Lip Products That My Lips Love

At the risk of being accused of not being a ‘real’ beauty lover, I am making a lip-related confession.  I don’t really like lipsticks.  There I said it.

I just don’t go gaga about lip products in same the way that I get excited about blushers, highlighters and eyeshadow palettes.  I did try; I even wrote about my favourite nude lipsticksThat still stands, but other than that I just don’t really love lipsticks of any kind.  I find matte lipsticks too dry; liquid lipsticks are just yuck;  and glossy lipsticks don’t suit me.  And this is before I even think about finding colours that don’t make my teeth look yellow, or my skin sallow. I hate that lipsticks either dry to a hard shell, or they come off at the slightest breeze.

 

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Unfortunately, I also find that my face doesn’t look quite finished without something on my lips.   So, what to do? For me, the solution is tinted lip products. Lips oils and balms have become my new best friends.  And in true Joyful Things fashion, I have a whole collection.  (Why can’t I just have one of something? Honestly, it’s just greedy).

All of these lip products have different formulas, textures and finishes.  They do all have one thing in common, though; they all offer a sheer sweep of colour, along with a moisturising layer.   For day to day wear, when often I have no other make-up on, they are perfect.

 

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For a more lasting tint of colour, I go for either the Lancôme Juicy Shakers, or the Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil.  Both are an oil based lip colour, which sounds disgusting but it’s really not.  The oil disappears fairly quickly, to leave behind a subtle hint of colour.  Gorgeous.  On seriously dry days I like to reach for my NYX Butter Lip Balm in Panna Cotta, or the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons ( I have Proudly Naked and Peach on the Beach) The Bourjois Lip Crayons have SPF 15 too, which make them a good choice for the upcoming warmer weather (I live in hope).  I haven’t had the Wet’n’Wild Mega Slicks Balm Stain in Pink Promise for very long, and haven’t used it as much as the Bourjois crayons.  On first impression, it offers a nice amount of colour and hydration, and the lasting power is as good as these lip balms tend to be.  The colour is a little on the shimmery side for me, and has that ’80s pearly sheen to it.  However, mixed with another lip colour, it is perfectly wearable.

 

I love the Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-one Cheek and Lip Beauty Balm, and the Maybelline Baby Lips Balm and Blush for both cheeks and lips.  I have three of the wonderful Baby Lips balms (Innocent Peach, Booming Ruby and Flirty Pink) and I cannot recommend them enough.  I have managed to shoehorn at least one of them into every post since I bought Innocent Peach, which shows how dedicated I am to them.  The Physicians Formula balm is a little more dry when applied, but it still hydrates my lips exceptionally well, while giving a subtle hint of colour.

 

Probably one of the things I love most about lip balms, is that they can be reapplied without a mirror.  There is less risk of lipstick-on-the-teeth syndrome, and they are generally much easier to wear than lipsticks and the like.  I also have the most ridiculously sensitive lips you could ever meet; they get dry and cracked at the slightest thing.  So, for me, tinted lip balms and oils are a happy medium; a little bit of colour without the irritation.

 

What do you think? Do you too have a passion for lip balms, or do you like good old-fashioned lipsticks?

 

 

 

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Sunday Scent #10 – Jean Paul Gaultier Ma Dame

After a busy old week (hence the distinct lack of blog posts), I am spending a rainy Easter Sunday with family, and wearing Jean Paul Gaultier’s Ma Dame.

Created in 2008, this perfume has the familiar corset themed bottle.  Despite the fact that I have horror flashbacks of Madonna wearing a very revealing Jean Paul Gaultier ‘corset’ back in her exhibitionist days (Google it.  Or don’t, it can’t be unseen), I really like the bottles of Gaultier’s perfumes.  Especially the almost radioactive qualities of Ma Dame.

 

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TOP NOTES: Orange

MIDDLE NOTES: Rose, Grenadine

BASE NOTES: Musk, Virginia Cedar

 

As you would expect from the notes, Ma Dame starts with a fruity burst, and warms to a musky floral fragrance very quickly.  If I am honest, I don’t like the way it smells for the first  minutes or so.  It is quite a strong scent initially, and is a little synthetic.  That’s not to say I dislike it after it warms up though.  If you have read any of my other Sunday Scents, then you’ll know that I am partial to a floral, musky perfume or two.  Ma Dame is like no other perfume in my collection; it is pretty unique.

 

For an Eau de Toilette, the lasting power and projection are both excellent.  A little bit goes a long way, and given that Ma Dame is really quite affordable (currently £23 for 50 ml from Debenhams – here)

Apparently Ma Dame is aimed at a young audience.  So, not me then.  Do I care though? Not one little bit.  I’m not even sure I would associate this perfume with one age group over another.  Some perfumes do indeed scream ‘old lady’ or ‘teenager’, but I don’t think Ma Dame is one of those.  It’s modern and all-inclusive.  Just how I like my perfumes.

 

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