The Winter Dark Red Lip

So it’s that time of the year again. The sun starts going down at about 3.30pm so instead of a day-to-night look I could probably get away with just wearing a night look from breakfast.

My most recent inspiration is the recent Louis Vuitton campaign with Michelle Williams (*drool*). Unfortunately, even a frantic search yielded no results on what lipstick Stephane Marais used on the shoot but I’ve got a couple that hopefully come close.

(Image from WWD website)

dark-red-lip-topshop-velvet-0The newest kid on the matte liquid lipstick block is Topshop with their Velvet Lips range. At £10 it’s pricier than Rimmel Apocalips but at least it does feel like the quality is better. Velveteen Ribbon worn sheerly is a medium-dark red and can get to quite a dark blood-red with more layers.

Most mattes are drying on me (except the Givenchy Le Rouge formula which must be made of magic) and this is no exception – I can actually feel a tightening of the product on my lips as it dries.

You can find Topshop Velvet Lips in store, online and as part of Cult Beauty’s Get the Look “The Damned” Collection.


Here it is swatched with some of my other dark reds – my favourites being Chanel Dragon, NARS Mascate and DIOR Diorling.


(L-R): Chanel Dragon, Topshop Velvet Lips in Velveteen Ribbon, Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Icon, Hourglass Femme Rouge in Icon, NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Majella, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate, DIOR Diorific lipstick in Diorling


Trying to coin a new term ‘Swatchwich’ starting with MAC Just a Bite…

So it’s past midnight on a Saturday night and instead of being out on the town I’m sitting here with my SK-II sheet mask on and recovering from a day spent at a 2 year old’s birthday party.  None of the energetic kids were mine but nevertheless I am exhausted!

I’m also feeling strangely liberated after watching Lisa Eldridge’s latest video about the trials and tribulations of PMS.  This is an absolute must watch:

I laughed almost throughout the whole thing because it was so, so very true!  Even the hubby agreed.  I am not alone and I would not be surprised if we have witnessed the birth of a new term ‘PMS Face’.  Not to be confused with BRF (Bitchy Resting Face) which by the way is also a must watch:

I’m now feeling inspired to coin a new term of my own… behold:

Swatchwich – the art of posting a swatch of a beauty product between two similar, related or dupe products.

I’m going to debut my new term with the newest addition to my dark autumn lip collection – Just a Bite from MAC’s Indulge collection (out this week in the UK). Smooth and surprisingly easy to wear despite the deep shade and pigment.  If you’re looking for more of a matte finish – just give it an extra blot to dull down the shine.


Here’s Just a Bite swatchwiched between Runaway Red (limited edition Satin) and Dubonnet (Amplified)


Pardon my silly mood – but I’ve only barely managed to stop myself from posting a FOTD with my SK-II sheet mask on!

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick Trio (UK Travel Exclusive)


Landing into Stansted Airport on a late flight, I was powerless to resist picking up the Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick Trio. It’s been on my wish list since the beginning of summer and my only regret is that I’ve waited so long! The trip comes with Beige Plume (a nude pink), Rose Taffetas (a bright light pink) and Rose Boudoir (a deep rose). All very easy to wear shades and in what has to be my favourite lipstick formula in terms of pigmentation, lasting power and moisture.

Here they are swatched on my arm tanned from a weekend in Spain. LOVE!


(Beige Plume, Rose Taffetas, Rose Boudoir)

NARS Fairy’s Kiss Palette and 413 BLKR Lipstick


Okay so it’s August and officially it’s still summer – but the new collections are too hard to resist! NARS have two 6-pan eyeshadow palettes out: Fairy’s Kiss and Ride Up to the Moon. These come in the new smaller size like the And God Created Woman palette. I’m a fan of lavender, grey and purple combinations so I went with Fairy’s Kiss:


Manosque (top left) is a shimmery pink beige and exclusive to this palette, but the standout shade for me is definitely Brousse III (top right) – a rich shimmery violet. Deep and buttery enough not to need a black base to bring out the colour.

The new 413 BLKR lipstick (available exclusively on the NARS website in the UK) is a creamy matte brown rose. It hardly has any red so it’s definitely not for the faint hearted! Here is a swatch sandwiched between YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #206 Grenat Satisfaction (left) and Tom Ford Lip Color in Black Orchid (right). Black Orchid is plummier and Grenat Satisfaction is deeper.


These almost make me look forward to Autumn… almost!

Bright Matte Lip – MAC Fashion Sets


A side effect of being a makeup addict is that most of the time I walk out of the house with a full face of makeup, carefully coordinated eye, lip and blush shades…. but worn with a lazy ponytail and a haphazard outfit thrown on as a second thought (usually anything that requires little to no ironing).  It’s not surprising that the only mirror I have in the room is a small one on my dressing table.

And so since today was the start of the sales for most of the stores here in London I was resolved to buy clothes, shoes and accessories instead of makeup for once!  And I succeeded for the most part.  Everything I bought in the sales were either clothes or accessories.  Sort of.  Ok so I bought 2 MAC lip liners from the Fashion Sets collection too BUT they technically weren’t part of the sales =P

I picked up Ablaze (bright coral) to go with the lipstick and Embrace Me (bright neon pink).  I decided to give the Embrace Me lipstick a miss as it would be too similar to my go to bright pink NARS Schiap.  I think it’s a pretty close match!  But as you can see in the swach the Ablaze lipstick has more red than the lip liner.


(L-R) MAC Embrace Me lip liner, NARS Schiap lipstick, MAC Ablaze lip liner, MAC Ablaze lip stick

Too bright to wear in the office but I will definitely be wearing these on the weekend even if London decides to rain the whole time!