Monday, 25 November 2013

Winter Weather Lip Care - The Things I Adore.





Hi!

So,for me,it's officially Winter.

No,nope,I don't wanna hear about how it only just turned Autumn - it's Winter,goshdarnit! The frost is out,the fluffy bed socks are in and I've been drinking more tea than you can shake a stick at. (I am,of course,English)

As such,my skin has been taking a battering from the sudden change in weather and most notably,my lips.Symptoms including dryness,cracking,chapping and general discomfort.My lips are dry at the best of times but they rarely hurt.These are two of my favourite lip care products for battling the winter chill.

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LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub  £5.50 from lush.com:

It's possibly one of the most raved about products from LUSH. I can see why! This is a great scrub for exfoliating before applying lipstick and (of course) it's a bonus that you can also eat this stuff. It tastes like toffee popcorn and contains fairly large grains of sugar and popping candy which scrub away the dead skin cells. Great for renewing chapped winter lips.


Figs&Rouge Coco Vanilla 100% Organic Balm £5.25 from boot.com :

After I've exfoliated using my lip scrub, I like to use a more luxurious lip balm to soothe my skin. This one from Figs and Rouge is particularly creamy and is very smooth to apply. Unlike so many of the other lip balms I own, this one sticks around for hours. It's quite thick and provides great protection from weather while actually hydrating my lips too. 



So these are the two lip products I've been loving for keeping the chap-flakes away!
Let me know what you've been using. :)

x ~ x

Friday, 22 November 2013

{Strictly Swatches} Sleek MakeUP Pout Polish - Perfect Plum.


Sleek's Pout Polish in Perfect Plum is a red based plum shade which comes off as a sheer but generous tint of colour on the lips.The Pout Polish is very smooth and glides on richly,giving a pretty sheen.A lovely autumn shade for those more shy of a bright lip.





Swatched without a lip primer.

x ~ x

Friday, 15 November 2013

{Strictly Swatches} The 'Snow White' Blush - Benefit's Rockateur.


Benefit's Rockateur Box 'O Powder is a warm rosy-gold toned blush with a heavy micro-shimmer overlay (which quickly disappears with 2-3 swipes!).The blush is smooth,beautifully fragranced and comes with Benefit's typical blush brush and inset mirror.This is a wonderful autumnal cheek shade for pale skin tones,hence why I've dubbed it the 'snow white' blush! 






Swatched without a base.

x ~ x

Friday, 8 November 2013

Lime Crime - Velvetines & Carousel Gloss : The Perfect Winter Lip?

Hey all!

It's November and Winter is approaching us at an alarming rate,meaning my hunt for the perfect Christmasy lip is well and truly begun.Ever since Lime Crime released their Velvetines earlier in the year,I was curious as to the staying power and opacity of these highly regarded lip lacquers.


Originally,I didn't plan on pairing the two items I ordered from the brand's website back in September,but once they arrived,it seemed rather obvious to give it a go! Needless to say,the results are quite glamorous indeed and isn't that packaging just adorable?! 

The two products I got were :

  • Lime Crime Velvetines - Red Velvet.


Regarding the Velvetines,I was thoroughly surprised by the incredible staying power.Not only is Red Velvet completely opaque with two coats,but it lasted through an entire meal,including drinks and dessert (cheeky).I love that it doesn't dry my lips out either,rather feeling like a 'second-skin'.Not a trace of bleeding/feathering or transfer in sight.


  • Lime Crime Carousel Gloss - Snowsicle.




The Carousel Gloss is much,much thicker than I imagined it to be,even with the suspended glitter particles in.And be warned,this is an extremely glittery product with tiny chunks of foil.You will need to be fairly liberal with the application to get the glitter to full potential but the gloss itself is quite sticky by this point.This can be good though,since the 'stick' factor will keep the glitter in and make it last longer.It's to be noted that the brush on this gloss can be a little fiddly.





Snowsicle over Red Velvet | Snowsicle | Red Velvet.


Layering the gloss over the top of the Velvetines makes for a kind of 'happy medium'.If your lips are extremely dry,the gloss will keep the Velvetines from sucking the last drops of moisture from them.The glitter is much more visible in a lighter layer over the Red Velvet,meaning a slightly less sticky texture overall.


I really feel that these two lip products really encompass the Christmas/Winter feel - A rich red coupled with a glittery overcoat. 

What makes your perfect Winter lip?

x ~ x