The third week of 30 Days of Lippy is where it got tough. There were some days I didn’t think I was going to make it. Some days I looked at the list and said “really?” And some days where I completely lost the plot and actually missed applying lipstick at all. (Like Day 17, which I swear I did, but for the life of me I can’t find the photo!) But I pushed through, and I made some awesome discoveries as a result.
Day Fifteen – Brown
Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick in Foxtrot: I bought this in a fit of 90s nostalgia, after staring at old pictures of Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington. I used to own several brown, bronze, gold lipsticks, but they all disappeared. When I first put this on, I actually really disliked it. To the point where I actually wiped it off. I reapplied it later in the day and was quite pleased with the result. It’s not the type of colour I usually wear, even if I am being adventurous. But I must say I love how creamy and delicious this colour makes my skin look! I’m used to colours that play up my eyes, and I think that’s what threw me. The lipstick itself is gorgeously moisturising, so creamy and lasts a solid 2-3 hours (assuming you don’t eat or drink anything). The beautiful pearl finish also makes your lips look extra voluminous.
Day Sixteen – Two-tone Lip
I wasn’t totally happy with my two-tone lip result. But it was an experience. I used MAC Violetta^ (which I can’t find for purchase anywhere anymore!) and Jager Flirt Fruit Glaze to try to create a sort of gold to purple ombré look. But it just came out all smudgy and kind of brown. Separately, these lipsticks are both gorgeous, but together, well… they kind of suck. So key outtake? I need more experience creating a two-tone lip look.
Day Seventeen – The darkest lipstick you own
As I said, I swear I did this one, but I can’t for the life of me find the photo anywhere! In any case, the darkest lipstick I own actually makes another appearance later on. It’s Eles Cosmetics Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Cranberry. And it’s a verrrry cool shade.
Day Eighteen – Berry-licious
MeMeMe Cosmetics Light Me Up Lipgloss in Intense (#8)*. Boy howdy! Something about this lipgloss just brings out the Jessica Rabbit in me. Maybe it’s the rich red berry colour or the super luscious shiny finish, but after trying this for Berry-licious, it has made its way into my regular makeup bag. Like any gloss it doesn’t last a long time, but for the hour or so that it does, it works hard for the money. Deep, highly pigmented colour that spreads evenly over your lips and settles to a gorgeous glossy not-nearly-as-sticky-as-you-think-it-will-be shine? Oh yes please!
Day Nineteen – Sheer Flush
Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Pink Blossom. This is one of my favourite lip care products. It’s so rich and creamy, it leaves my lips feeling amazing: so moisturised, so soft and always more voluminous. I love the colour of pink blossom, it’s the perfect pretty pink flush for my skintone. It’s got a slight rosy undertone which matches my natural cheek flush perfectly, so it always looks natural and fresh. I reapply this about twice an hour, just for maximum benefit, and also because it’s super pretty! This is easy peasy pretty. One lip balm and you’re sorted.
Day Twenty – Orange Red
Eles Cosmetics Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Cranberry*. Now, I don’t own any orange red lipsticks, but I do own THIS. An absolutely divine cranberry red which I’ve just been looking for an excuse to wear. According to Instagram, this is your favourite of ALL my 30 Days of Lippy pics and to be honest, I think it’s mine too. *nonchalantly changes twitter profile pic to the above* The colour is a delicious combination of berry and red which suits my weird pale yellow skintone to a T. It is one of the creamiest, most moisturising lipsticks I have ever worn and it goes on smoothly, doesn’t stick in any creases or catch on any dry bits, creating a flawless pout which remains moisturised throughout the day. It lasts a solid 4-5 hours depending on how much Red Bull and coffee you drink, but even as it fades, it becomes a delicious berry stain that looks just as good as a creamy berry lipstick. Even better? It doesn’t ghost me out. For such a deep cranberry, it has just the right amount of warmth and depth to create a luscious pout, while still allowing my skintone to shine and my cheeks to look pretty and flushed. No fading into the background for this girl!
Day Twenty One – Use a lip pencil to fill your lips
Clinique Quickliner for lips in Perfect Poppy (which is a shade no longer available, although here is one that’s very similar). This is one lip pencil I can’t live without! A great red lip pencil is key to achieving an amazing red lip look that’s even, neat and sleek. I love the colour of this one, although it’s a lot more red than it appears here. I applied Lanolips lip ointment with colour in Rhubarb over the top, which “pinked” it up a little more and added a gorgeous glossy shine. Perfect Poppy is creamy, goes on smooth and sticks fast. It’s not hard, waxy or sharp and when I used it to fill my lips they didn’t feel dry at all. In fact, I loved the “stained gloss” look so much that I’ve used it several times since in similar ways. Who knew a lip pencil could be so versatile?!
So lovelies, what have been your can’t-live-without lip products over the last few weeks? I always love to hear about what you’re wearing!
Did you miss the earlier 30 Days of Lippy weekly round-ups? Check them out here: Week 1, and here: Week 2.
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