Lush Mint Julep Lip Scrub

Okay.

I’ll be honest.

I thought that lip scrubs were a cute idea, but ultimately overrated, and that gently scrubbing my lips with a toothbrush would be a better and cheaper means.

That was until Monday 2nd May when I was shopping and visited the Lush shop.

Sitting on the left hand shelf of the store were three lipscrub flavored. Popcorn (smelled yummy!), Bubblegum (I hate bubblegum so I didn’t smell it) and Mint Julep.

Since I’m a big fan of mint, I picked the Mint Julep one and thought well, for £5.50 (around under $8 and just under €7) why not give it a try?

So once I had drove home, and was sat in front of the latest Game of Thrones episode, I tried it out.

It smells amazing. But it works (and tastes) even better. It’s basically just flavored sugar, with all natural ingredients (and since its Lush, you know it’s Vegan friendly). 

You take a small amount of the sugar on your index finger and gently scrub it onto your lips, and then mash your lips together (like if you’ve just put on lipstick or lipgloss) and then you can either wash it off (pfff) or make like me, and lick it off.

Then after, you can either put on your fave balm (mine is NUXE Rêve de Miel) or you can put on your lipstick or gloss onto soft and smooth lips! 

I definitely recommend sugar scrubs for your lips now, and if you check out Pinterest you can even have a bash at making your own! But for now, I’m sticking to my Lush scrub, and I for sure want to try out Jeffree Star’s Mojito lib scrub now! 

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Holy Grail products

For once, this isn’t specifically a liquid lipstick blog!!

This week, I’m discussing my Holy Grail Products; basically the beauty products I can’t like without.

This is super late, because I’ve been revising (seriously so bored, doing this is my procrastination!).

 

Eyes:

  • Mascara: Dior Iconic Show. Doesn’t clump. Doesn’t have fall out (you know when you wear it half a day and it falls from your lashes and makes it look like you’re wearing it from last night?) plus it elongates my lashes which I adore ❤️
  • Eyeshadow: I’m going with a palette. And this is so hard. It’s got to be my ABH Self Made Palette (Champagne is literally my holy grail single shade!). The colours are stunning and vibrant, they stand out and you can make so many different looks with the one pallette. A close second is my Too Faced Chocolate palette,  because the colours are amazing and the smell 😍😍😍
  • Eyeliner: I love the ease of the Kat Von D Trooper Eyeliner, but it’s not as solid black as I would like. I’ve yet to find THE solid black gel liner which matches my soul.
  • Eyebrows: I mean, this should be obvious. There is only one QUEEN when it comes to brows, and it’s Anastasia Beverly Hills. The Dipbrow Pomade ( I use a mix of Ash Brown and Soft Brown) is so amazing. I’ve been using it a year now, and I doubt I’ll use anything else. It’s so easy to use, lasts forever, and mixes easily.

Mon Visage

  • Foundation: this is super hard. So I’ll choose 3. High range: my Dior Nude Air foundation in the shade 010. Liquid-y, easy to apply, easy to blend, feels so light but gives me suuuch good coverage! You only need one to two drops depending on the coverage you want, so it is good value for money! Then my NARS: similar consistency to my Dior foundation, light weight but full coverage. Can be slightly too dark when I’m at my palest and sleep deprived-est. then we have my MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix foundation: thicker than the other two. Full coverage. Stunning, covers all blemishes. Comfy to wear. And finally, my drugstore foundation: Loreal True Match Ivoire Rose, I really think this is a dupe for my Nars, but I can wear this on my palest of days and mix it with some of my foundations when they look too dark. It’s under £10 in the UK, but in Europe Loreal products tend to be dearer.
  • Concealer: there is only one, though I’ve tried a few! NARS Creamy Radiant concealer. Super thick- it will crease without powder!- but great coverage, and for pale skin girls, great shades. Can be used to cover your under eyes and your blemishes which is IDEAL. The creamy concealer from the drugstore brand Collection is an affordable dupe, which my sister swears by, but I find the colour range isn’t quite as good. I also use my NARS concealer as an eyeshadow base.
  • Blusher: this one is difficult because I genuinely like mixing up my blushes day to day, other than them being mainly coral based. Recently, I adore my MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Blush in  Warm Soul; it’s a dark pink coral with a slight sheen to it.  
  • Highlighting: depending whether I want to look like a unicorn came on my face, or just a gentle glow, it’s between NARS in Copacabana, and my recent purchase from MAC Cosmetics, Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. I will say sometimes my Copacabana can air on the side of (forgive the vulgar phrasing) looking like a unicorn came on my face, but sometimes you want that kind of glow!
  • Contour/Bronzer: I own both the powder and cream contour palettes from Anastasia Beverly Hills, and I love them. The Powder kit (in shade light to medium) is perfect for every day, or for if I just want to warm my face up and not contour. I like using my Cream palette ( in shade Fair) for when I go on nights out, and it gives more of a dramatic contour. I also love that ABH has both palettes in a variety of shades, so that from the palest to the darkest skin is accommodated! The powder palette doubles as my bronzer, as I’m not really a bronzer person.
  • Primer: with thanks to NikkieTutorials I bought the Nivea Men Aftershave Balm: Sensitive while I was in France, since it was under 10$/10€/10£ and she was raving about it. And I found out why! It’s amazing at keeping your face in place throughout the day and night (especially if any of you use the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation!). It has a slightly manly smell when you apply it (I love the smell) but it doesn’t last and you don’t smell like a bloke! Ps. If you haven’t already, check out Nikkie’s Beauty vlog on Youtube, she’s amazing!

 

Mes lèvres 

  • Lip balm: The one true savior goes by the name of Rêve de Miel by Nuxe. It comes in a little 25g glass pot, smells deliciously like honey (but not too strongly) and glides on so easily. I can also wear it overnight without it giving me spots around my lip area, which is a problem with a lot of other lip balms I’ve used.
  • Lip scrub: I’ve just recently got into lip scrubs (literally bought it Monday) but it’s been amazing so far. Lush’s lip scrub in the flavor/smell Mint Julep is awesome. Smells amazing, tastes delicious, and gets rid of any dry skin!
  • Lipgloss: I’m not a huge lipgloss fan, but only because I come from Scotland where it’s windy often, and I hate when the wind blows my hair and it gets stuck to my lips! However I do love lipglosses when my hair is up, and my current fave would have to be either ABH in the shade Kristen, or Dior Addict Gloss in shade 453.
  • Lipsticks: it’s gotta be MAC Cosmetics in Velvet Teddy, or Whirl. Perfect nudes, stay on well, and smell delicious.
  • Liquid lipsticks: this is near impossible. Here’s my top three: Kat von D in Lolita, Jeffree Star in Doll Parts, and ABH in Pure Hollywood.

 

Where you can buy the products I mentioned:

Anastasia Beverly Hills (US) or Anastasia Beverly Hills Europe (unfortunately the liquid lipsticks are not currently on sale in Europe)

Dior Cosmetics (also available from Sephora US and Sephora FR)

Jeffree Star (US) (also avaliable in the UK/Europe from Cocktail Cosmetics, US/UK shipping from Beautylish or Morphe)

 

Kat von D (US) (also avaliable from Sephora US and Sephora ES (not online, but in store as far as I know!))

Loréal Cosmetics: available from most local Drugstores, like Superdrug (UK) or supermarkets like Monoprix (FR) or somewhere like Sephora (FR) and Ulta (US)

Lush (UK) (US) (FR)

MAC Cosmetics (UK) (FR) (US)

Makeup Geek (UK/Europe) (US)

NARS (UK) (US) (FR) (Postage for UK Nars can be expensive, so I reccomend finding a department store like Harvey Nichols or Space N.K. which stocks the brand!)

Nivea Men Aftershave Balm: Sensitive avaliable from most drugstores and supermarkets and some French pharmacies.

NUXE (FR) (UK) (US) (also avaliable from most pharmacies in France)

Too Faced (US), (also avaliable from Debenhams (UK), and Sephora (FR) and the US Sephora)


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Continuing on my love of liquid lipsticks…

Kat Von D is an American Tattoo artist who turned her attention to makeup a few years ago, and thank goodness she did.

I first bought a Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick when I was in Florida last year, and I bought the shade Armageddon, which is a bright pink, not dissimilar to ABH’s Unicorn.

The shade is bright, stands out, and wears incredibly well. 

Since then, I’ve bought Lolita, Mother and Lovesick (while I was in Barcelona in January this year)!

L-R: Armageddon, Mother, Lovesick, Lolita
from bottom to top: Lolita, Lovesick, Mother and Armageddon

You’ve probably heard everyone rave about Lolita, and can I just say, it is so worth the hype! I ended up buying 2 because I loved the shade so much (at the time, I wasn’t sure when I would be able to buy KvD products again since Spain and America were my only options)!

Lolita is the perfect every day shade, a nudey chestnut colour that suits a wide variety of skin colours. Not only is it great to wear every day, you can pair it with a extravagant eye look too, so it’s the perfect shade to transition from morning to night.

Mother and Lovesick are stunning pinks, both very different as you can see from the swatches. I love wearing them when I have soft makeup on, just to add a little kick! 

The Kat Von D liquid lipsticks don’t have a smell (or none that I can detect!) and they wear well. The applicator is very long and thin, which can make it awkward to apply and easy to mess up. If you do mess up, it’s essential to wipe the mistake away before it dries as it can stain, especially the darker or brighter the colour. 

The shades wear well, though not as long lasting through eating etc as Jeffree Star.

You lucky Americans and Australians can buy these liquid lipsticks from Sephora, or directly from the  Official Kat Von D site (US only).

Fellow Europeans, if you’re in Spain, you’re so lucky, you can buy them from Sephora Spain. I’ve heard a few rumors that KvD will be coming to Sephora France soon, but there isn’t a concrete date yet.

The liquid lipsticks cost around $20 or €19.90, so are in the same price range as ABH or Jeffree Star. 

With such a wide variety of colours that can be worn with practically any look you can imagine, as well as their stay power, it’s definitely a great purchase and a great brand.

Oh! And for the animal conscious makeup lovers out there, Kat Von D is a cruelty free brand, with many vegan products. Not all the products are vegan however, but if you check the official Kat Von D website, the info is all there on which products are/are not vegan.

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks Review

So I love liquid lipsticks, love, love, love them.
One of the first liquid lipsticks I tried out was Jeffree Star- in particular, Redrum.
Jeffree Star is an affordable makeup brand with absolutely amazing liquid lipsticks, with a wide variety of shades, from reds and nudes, to bright colours you wouldn’t see normally.

I own Redrum- a true red, which suits all skin colours; Masochist- a bright dark pink, great for making your look organized and put together when you’ve only had 5mins to get ready; and I have two of the previously Limited Edition shades, Androgyny and Doll Parts. Androgyny is a perfect nude that isn’t quite a nude, along the lines of Kat Von D’s Lolita. It does look slightly different on everyone depending on the natural colour of your lips, but it really is a stunning shade. Doll Parts is a sweet pink, everyday shade and is great for any look. 

The JS liquid lipsticks have next to no scent, and they apply evenly and smoothly. Like most liquid lipsticks, you can’t reapply the JS shades later in the day on top of the previous lipstick as it can flake and look grim. 

But, the colours stay on amazingly. They’re great at staying on throughout meals, regardless of the shade. Masochist can stain your lips, but it’s worth it for the colour pay off!

JS charges around $18 per liquid lipstick, which is slightly cheaper than Anastasia Beverly Hills, but dearer than Colourpop for example.

For anyone in the US, JS is a available from the official Jeffree Star website, the Morphe website, or Beautylish.

If like me, you’re in the UK, you can order from the above sites (JS and  

Jeffree Star Velvour Lipstick in Redrum, Masochist, Doll Parts and Androgyny

  

From bottom to top: Androgyny, Doll Parts, Masochist, Redrum

 Morphe have extra shipping/handling fees after you’ve paid on the website. Beautylish includes all fees in the price at the checkout, so they’re are no “hidden” or unexpected fees. You can also order from Cocktail Cosmetics, which has great service.

Jeffree Star is an amazing brand and if you love liquid lipsticks, it’s well worth checking out the products- and you will fall in love with them! 

Plus a little bonus: Jeffree Star is entirely cruelty free, none of their products are tested on animals, and they’ve even ensured all their manufacturers are cruelty free too. So you can look hot AND know that no cute animals were hurt to test out your makeup!
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks (😍)

As you can probably tell by my blog name, i freaking love lipstick. 

My collection started off small, a few Rimmel London and Maybelline lipsticks here and there, but then came MAC and their matte lipsticks and I basically fell head over heels in love.

Then, a new trend began, liquid lipsticks. And I fell in love again. 

I own Unicorn, Trust Issues, Catnip, Soft Lilac, Pure Hollywood and Sorbet.

They have such a lovely smell, and amazing pigmentation- they are fierce! The colour lasts all day (and night) I can eat croissants and Danish pastries and the colour is still as vibrant as ever. They come in a wide variety of shades, each and every one is just as pigmented as the next. The formula is lovely, but it’s not a formula built for re-applications (like a lot of liquid lipsticks aren’t!) but since the colour stays so well, it’s not really a problem. The colours also don’t tend to stain my lips, even Trust Issues which is a dark colour.

Unfortunately, ABH only sells their Liquid Lipsticks in the US (and maybe Canada?) at the moment, and if you’re in the US you can buy them from their website, or certain Sephora stores, or somewhere like   

Unicorn
  
Sorbet
 
Trust Issues
  

   

Pure Hollywood

 
 Macy’s! They retail for $20 and are not tested on animals, though I don’t think they are vegan!

If like me, you’re not living in America ( 😭) you can purchase them directly from the ABH website (where I ordered Soft Lilac and Catnip) but shipping and handling fees aren’t wonderful (but for me, worth it!) 

There are other European based websites selling ABH liquid lipsticks, however they are not official, and as Norvina from the company explained, this means they could very well be fakes! 

So, stick to the official sellers, it is dearer (for Europeans) but worth it! 

Go follow Norvina for updates, or the official Anastasia Beverly Hills Instagram! 

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MakeupGeek single pan blushes

Hi everyone! 

I recently bought one of the single pan blushes from MakeupGeek.

I hadn’t tried there products when I bought it, but the the blushes were in lovely colours and such a decent price so I went for it.

I like coral-y pink colours for blushes on my skin, something natural but still bright.

I chose the shade infatuation, and it was a perfect colour for my skin.

Downside is that because they are online only in Europe, you have to guess, or know what shades suit you best!

However the quality is amazing. The blush is so pigmented, you only need a tiny bit to get a great colour for your cheeks. It’s easy to blend and feels comfortable on your skin.

Plus: below you can see the size of the MUG pan compared to my MAC mineralize blush, and an Anastasia Beverly Hills contour pan. MUG is really quite big compared to standard powder sizes, so for under €11/£10 you’re getting great quality and good use out of it!

If you’re in Europe and fancy checking them out, head over to Beauty Bay, or if you’re lucky enough to be in America, check out the  Makeup Geek Official

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Mac Mineralize, MakeupGeek , ABH
  
makeup Geek in Infatuation, ABH in Banana
    
    
 

The Best Mascaras

 

Dior Iconic mascara
 Mascara is Gods gift to women ❤️

Like a lot of gals, I’ve been using mascara since I was a teen, starting off with the cheaper brands like Rimmel and Maybelline, but I was never able to find one that could make my stubby short lashes long and voluminous like I like.

So when I was at Bristol Airport in September waiting for my flight to Toulouse, I heard a voice calling me from the Dior makeup part of duty free, and I found my best friend.

I love long lashes. I don’t want them too thick, but I want them looooong. And since my shaky hands make false eyelashes hard to apply, mascara is my next best option.

And damn, is the Dior Iconic Show the best mascara for length. It makes my lashes so long and adds just the right amount of volume. It had the regular straight brush which is the ideal shape for long lashes, and the brush doesn’t come out coated in too much product.

My lashes look long, slightly more voluminous, but not like spider legs, or clumpy.

My second fave mascara is one of the most popular mascaras out there: Too Faced Better Than Sex.

I was adamant I did not need it, that it was overrated, but then I was in Sephora and it happened.I caved. And I’m glad I did.

For starters, the packaging is so cute. A metallic-y pink and it’s oddly weighted- it feels heavier than any mascaras ive used before, but I also don’t have to worry about dropping it and damaging it.

The brush is curved- kind of wiggly, which is ideal for volume. The brush is quite big, which is great for coating all your lashes in one swift wiggle of application. Because it’s quite big, the Better Than Sex wand isn’t ideal for your lower lashes as it can make them clunky as well as it gets everywhere.

 

The wand does have a lot of product on it when you take it out the tube, so you do have to be careful on application, as sometimes if there is too much product, it will clunk the hell out of your base lashes.

The best method for applying is the standard wiggling as you apply, allowing the mascara to coat every lash.

I have short lashes, and while the Better Than Sex mascara does add lots of volume, it doesn’t add as much length for me as I would like on a night out etc. So I tend to use the Better Than Sex mascara, and then use the Dior Iconic over the top to extend the length, giving me the best results of both.

I do prefer my Dior mascara over the Better than Sex, but that’s because I prefer my lashes longer than voluminous. Both are great purchases and staples for any mascara lover in your makeup bag.

There isn’t a huge difference in price, but that’s based on the fact I bought one from the duty free at the airport.

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