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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Haul / What’s New on the High Street

On a rare child-free afternoon last week, I ventured in to my nearest shopping centre and had a mooch around Boots and Superdrug. So thank you to my parents for looking after my youngest little monster, allowing me some time for some retail therapy.

 

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There were a few bits and bobs that I wanted to try, and some others that caught my eye on the day. I believe most of the products I bought are new to stores, which makes them all the more exciting in my opinion.

 

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First up the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in Ivory. Under normal circumstances, I probably would never have been drawn to this foundation, what with my skin being so dry. The word ‘matte’ strikes fear into my dry, dusty soul. However, I have seen many of my favourite dry-skinned YouTubers rave about it, so I thought I would give it a go. I will let you know how I get on.

To go with the Dream Velvet foundation, I picked up the little sponge applicator. Ordinarily I would have ignored this Dream Blender as a gimmick, but there was an offer on in Superdrug, so for the sake of a couple of pounds I thought I would give it a try.

 

Now, I need another mascara like I need a hole in the head, but I wanted to try the Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara. It was the ‘push-up’ bit that got me. I have mentioned a million times before that I generally look for a mascara that lifts and separates my lashes. Lengthening and thickening are a bonus.

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No, your eyes do not deceive you; that is a second foundation. What can I say? I don’t get out much and I need to grab things when I see them, or forever hold my peace. Also, because I am slightly nervous about the Maybelline foundation, I thought this one might be slightly better suited to my skin. The Bourjois City Radiance Skin Protecting Foundation, in Ivory Rose, sounds right up my street.

In addition to this, I purchased the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in Ivory. Like mascaras, I have yet to find the perfect concealer, and I NEVER miss an opportunity to try another. I think this is going to be a little more of a brightener than a concealer, but I need to have a play with it. When I swatched it in the shop, it reminded me of YSL Touche Elcat, which is no more of an under eye concealer than I am a tree.

Next, this funny little lip balm. The Maybelline Babylips Balm and Blush is designed to be used as both a lip balm, and a blusher. Yes, really! Did the name give it away? I have tried this, and on the lips it is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. I have the colour Innocent Peach, and it is a wonderful sheer, peachy nude tint. It is best applied while doing an impression of a duck, because it is so MASSIVE that this is the only way to apply it where you want it. It feels a little sticky on the cheeks, but the colour is nice and subtle. I popped it on as a quick test just before washing my face, so I can’t say what happens after any length of time. It may simply slide away, but I will try it properly and see.

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The Sleek Makeup Barekissed Illuminator in Monaco is a liquid highlighter. It can be mixed with foundation; applied alone, or simply used to highlight the high points of the face. I love highlighters. Seriously. Adore them. I don’t recall ever using a liquid one, so I am looking forward to experimenting with the Barekissed Illuminator.

 

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And finally, the Smashbox Double Exposure Eyshadow Palette. I was actually looking at the smashbox stand because I was eyeing up their new Primer Oil.  I decided against that (regretting that now) and started sticking my fingers into the tester of this palette instead. Oh boy, is it pigmented. The colours are all gorgeous, and the shadows can be used wet or dry. As soon as I swatched the silver (top middle/ left in the above pic) I knew I had to have it. I genuinely cannot wait to use this palette.

 

I plan to do full reviews of most of the products here, so come back soon for those!

 

Is there anything here that you have tried? Or anything that has caught your eye?
 

 

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Glossybox – December 2015

This is my fourth Glossybox, and definitely the most exciting so far.  It has six products, instead of the usual five, and the box is so beautiful!  Created in collaboration with blogger ReallyRee, the Rose Gold Edit is designed with the party season in mind.  I have had this box for a few days (I am seriously behind with my blog posts this month…oops) so I have had a chance to try a couple of things.  So, let’s dive straight in!

 

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So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil.  A lovely soft glimmering highlighter, this offering from So Susan looks lovely.  I absolutely love highlighters, and don’t feel complete unless I have made myself look like a glitter ball, so I am looking forward to giving this a go.

Essence Liquid Lipstick in Show Off.  I have a love/hate relationship with liquid lipsticks.  In that I want to love them, but always hate them.  This particular lipstick is very glossy and the colour is fab.  It didn’t really dry on me, so I would liken it more to a gloss than a lipstick.  I will persevere though, because I love the colour so much.

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Collection Long Lasting Nail Effects in 32 Strawberry GoldI am so excited to try this gorgeous nail polish, it is such an unusual colour.  A purpley base with gold flecks, it would be perfect to add a pop of glittery colour for a Christmas party.  Now, if only I had a party to go to…..

Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On.  This clear gel is supposed to soothe and hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes.  I have used it a few times, and in all honesty didn’t notice any spectacular results, but it won’t hurt to keep using it.  Maybe it will need a little more time to wow me.

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Darphin 8-Flower Nectar Oil CreamThis luxurious cream-oil hybrid claims to soothe and hydrate the skin, with its infusion of essences from 280 petals.  It all sounds very fancy and expensive (at £65 for 30ml it is way out of my league) and it does feel glorious on the skin.  The smell for me is really not nice initially. fortunately it does fade though.  I will enjoy it while it lasts; I can’t see me being able to part with £65 for a face cream any time soon.

 

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Starskin Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask.  I know sheet masks are not for everyone, but I happen to love them.  I am already planning when I can relax with this hydrating mask.  I may well save it for after Christmas when I will be fat and tired, and I will wallow in the bath for an hour with a good book and do my best Michael Myers impression.

All in all this is an excellent box, and with a value of over £50 (by my – terrible – calculations) for only £10 plus P&P it is most definitely great value! See the Glossybox website for more details.

Do you subscribe to Glossybox? What did you think of the December box?

 

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November Favourites

 

I am going to say it, even though everyone says it every month: where on earth did November go? It’s December 1st, and that means it’s nearly *squeak* Christmas!!!! I love December, every year I put up the decorations slightly earlier.  If it wasn’t for my husband’s voice of reason, I would leave the Christmas decorations up all year round.  Yes, I’m that person. Anyway, I digress. Welcome to my November Favourites!

 

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I mentioned the L’Oréal Lash Architect Mascara in my last post, and it is the mascara that I have reached for most often during the month of November.  It gives a bit of length, and is light enough that it doesn’t weigh down my lashes.  It dries very fast, which is a plus in my opinion, so layering needs to be done relatively quickly.  I have discovered that used in tandem with the mascara, the Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner is fab.  I love to Tightline (lining the upper waterline), because I find it makes my eyelashes look darker and thicker.  The only problem with doing this is that it can trasfer on to the lower waterline, which I don’t always want. This eyeliner – being waterproof – doesn’t transfer, and stays put until I choose to remove it. Sometimes waterproof eyeliners  want to stick around for days, but I find this one easy to remove.  Now, I am a huge fan of shimmery, glittery eyeshadows.  I wear them during the day, without a care in the world, but realised recently that I needed some matte eyeshadows.  Yes, needed.  So I went on the hunt for an affordable matte palette, and came up trumps with this Sleek Make-Up I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Ultra Matte V2.   The colours are a great selection, and work with most eye looks that I am likely to create.  They are very pigmented little pans, and do blend out eventually, with a little bit of effort.

 

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Topshop Lipstick in Naturist; Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love me a nude lipstick (read about my top three here), and this Naturist Lipstick by Topshop is no exception.  Overall, I haven’t had a huge amount of luck with the Topshop Beauty range, but I do really love this lipstick.  It applies very smoothly, and is so comfortable on my sensitive, dry lips.

If you have ever watched a beauty tutorial on YouTube, then you will have heard of Morphe make-up brushes.  They are loved by the US based experts in particular.  When I saw that they were available in the UK, I got very excited and ordered a couple, and they really are worth the hype.  The M505 Point Blender Brush is my favourite, it is just so soft and fluffy.  It is the perfect shape for blending eyeshadow into the crease, and it isn’t even slightly scratchy or uncomfortable.  And they are so affordable!

 

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In the last few months my skin has been a bit of a sod.  Although overall it is more clear and healthy than ever, for some reason I have been suffering from regular spots for the first time in my life.  I have been trying to figure out what exactly has been causing these breakouts.  After a lot of trial and error, I am almost certain it was the cleanser I was using on and off since before the summer.  So, long story short, I have been using the Murad Age Reform Refreshing Cleanser instead.  It’s too early to say if the change in cleanser has sorted my little problem, but it is a lovely cleanser regardless. I use it in the morning, and I love how clean and soft my skin feels after I wash my face.  I am hoping that my skin will continue to be spot-free, but only time will tell whether that is the case.

What are your favourites for November?

 

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Glo & Ray – A Review

 

Now, I certainly don’t claim to know all the beauty brands, and I definitely – despite my best efforts – haven’t tried them all.  So, when I was recently introduced to Glo & Ray, I would liken the feeling to that of a child on Christmas Day.  New toys to play with! Glo & Ray are a UK based company, and are available to buy online They offer a good selection of products, from CC Creams and foundations, to eyeshadows, lipsticks and makeup remover.  Their prices are a little more towards high-end products, rather than high street.

 

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The products themselves feel high-end though.  The packaging is sleek and smart, and reminds me of Nars, but without the dirt-grabbing rubberised finish.  The eyeshadow quad is heavy and solid, and the lipstick is – dare I say it – sophisticated (not that I know the first thing about being sophisticated, mind).

 

 

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The Mariposa Eyeshadow Quartet in Twilight Nude (£12.50) is a shimmery little quad, in lovely neutral colours.  The shadows themselves are soft and easy to blend.  As much as I love shimmer shades, I do need at least one matte that can be used as a transition shade, so I can’t do a complete eye look with this quartet. Of course, they can be used alone to create a more natural daytime look – which I have done with great success.  However, with the addition of a matte shade, and perhaps another colour entirely, is where they really can add depth and interest.

 

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The Sky Breaker Lasting Silky Eyeliner in Champagne Pink (£5.50) is a neutral, but far from boring, liner.  It could do with being a little softer and less glittery, in my opinion, but the colour is very pretty. If you like to just draw a line and leave it then this eyeliner would be perfect.  I prefer a more messy un-done look though, and like an eyeliner that is easy to smudge, which didn’t really work with this formula.  I have tried it as a base for eyeshadow and found it a little hard to blend, so it is probably best used in the traditional way.

 

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In contrast to the relative hardness of the eyeliner, however, is the gorgeously soft La Amo Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Venus (£12.00).  Firstly, the colour is just the perfect nude; not too pink, not too brown.  If you have read any of my previous posts,  you will know that I struggle with lipsticks.  My lips can be dry and sensitive, and I have yet to find a formulation that ticks all the boxes.  This little guy comes pretty close though – it is creamy, long-wearing and comfortable on the lips.  It survived through my lunch, without being clingy and drying.  And did I mention the colour?!

 

Overall, I have been really impressed with the little corner of the Glo & Ray world that I have tried.  I would recommend that anyone wanting quality products (errr, isn’t that everyone?) that aren’t tested on animals, give the range a try.

 

What about you, have you tried anything Glo & Ray?  What did you think?

 

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July Favourites

I don’t know about you but July has really dragged for me, it seems like ages ago I was compiling my June favourites.  That’s fine with me though, the further away winter is the better.

So, without further ado, here are my monthly loves for July.  Don’t forget to leave me your own recommendations in the comments below!

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Top-Bottom: EB15 Pointed Crease; 904 Pencil Brush; 217 Synthetic Small Round Dome; 305 Eye Shading Brush; EB09 Universal Blender.

Firstly, some makeup brushes.  Sedona Lace is an American brand, but their prices are very reasonable even when converted, and they often offer discounts and/or free worldwide shipping.  These brushes were around £7 each, and are fantastic quality for the price.  I particularly like the pointed crease brush, it’s nice and soft, and blends without scratching the heck out of my eyelids. The brushes above are:  EB15 Pointed Crease; 904 Pencil Brush; 217 Synthetic Small Round Dome; 305 Eye Shading Brush; EB09 Universal Blender.

 

 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Next up, the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster.  I reviewed this in more detail here so I won’t waffle on for too long now, but let’s just say I’m still loving it for a way to gradually tan my mush.  Another Clarins skincare product I’ve been enjoying for the past few weeks is the Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion.  I love using this each evening to remove the last traces of cleanser; the soothing aloe vera ensures it doesn’t sting like some toners can.  Although not the cheapest, it is a large bottle, and I can see it lasting a good few months.

 

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Bourjois Color Boost

The Bourjois ColorBoost Lip Crayon in On The Beach (with SPF 15) was actually a free gift included with some other Bourjois purchases.  It isn’t a colour that I would normally choose, but I recently gave it another go because I was going to my daughter’s sports day and I couldn’t find a lip balm that contained an SPF.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that with a tan I could – just about – pull off this bright peachy colour.  I have actually purchased another shade, in a more appropriate nude colour, because I love how easily it goes on.  I didn’t find that it lasted 10 hours, but these crayons are super moisturising and just the right side of glossy, without being even remotely sticky.

 

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Finally, the gorgeous Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent. This is a limited edition perfume that is re-released every spring/summer with a different bottle.  It smells like coconuts and beaches, and I just love spritzing it from head to toe – and back again.  I have tried, and owned, many many perfumes since I was a teenager, and this wins joint first place with my other long term love; a D&G perfume that my husband surprised me with a couple of years ago.  It is really a summer scent, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to give it up come autumn.

 

Thanks for reading, and see you next month!

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