May 08, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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I’ve never been the kind of girl who wears a lot of make-up, to be honest, but, I must confess I feel naked without my trusted lippy on. It’s a powerful little thing and it can do wonders to the face even on days when you’ve had less than five hours of sleep! Lipstick injects colour back into the face, just like how brows can transform the face. For me, putting on lipstick is like putting on stilettos – it gives me that feeling of empowerment.
My love of lippies started young and I still remember my first lip product – a Lancome Juicy Tube gifted to me for my birthday. Back in the 90s, it was the product that every girl had in her make-up bag. Nowadays, I much prefer a matte lipstick over shiny lacquers, however, I like to custom blend by layering different shades together to create my own unique lip colour. So, for this week’s post, I wanted to share some of my favourite products and as it’s National Lipstick Day on the horizon- July 29- (and also pay day, hurrah) what better way to invest in some new goodies than right now. Time to pucker up!
1.Fresh Sugar Lip Polish
A good base makes for a better colour application and longer lasting staying power. This gentle exfoliator for the lips is a must. It’s designed to help you achieve a perfect smooth base before application thanks to a combination of brown sugar crystals, shea butter and jojoba oils. The result is lips that are soft, nourished and smooth.
2. Fruu… Coconut Lip Balm
If you like fruity lip balms like me then this new brand (which launched literally this month) is worth checking out. The products are all made using natural, sustainable ingredients based on over 15 different types of fruit extracts. My current favourite is the strawberry one, but there’s also a coconut, watermelon, pineapple, pomegranate, mango, cherry, lemon and lime in the line-up. The texture feels really soft and buttery, melting on to the lips without leaving any oily residue. This is one to keep in your handbag at all times.
I’m a huge fan of face sheet masks as it drenches my skin in a lovely film of moisture making it look glowy and hydrated. So when I came across these new lip masks (launching at the end of August) I was slightly intrigued as to what they could do to my dry lips. Just like a face sheet mask, the lip masks are soaked in serum and are applied directly onto the lips. You may look a little bit silly with them on, but trust me after 15 minutes your lips are left soft, hydrated and plumped. The bio-cellulose masks are packed with good-to-eat superfood ingredients such as chia seeds, pomegranate and honey.
4. Illamasaqua Lip Colouring Pencil in Woo
I’ve never really been a massive fan of lip liners until quite recently when I tried out the Illamasqua Lip Colouring Pencil in Woo. In fact, I’ve become quite obsessed with this little gem of a beauty product. It’s a soft nude shade that suits pretty much all skin tones. For me, I use it to line my entire lip before applying my fave lippy for long-lasting colour, but it works equally well on its own if you want that gorgeous nude lip look.
5. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Carina’s Love
I first came across the Hot Lips collection on a recent visit to the Charlotte Tilbury store in Covent Garden, London. The collection includes 12 matte shades, inspired by 12 influential women for the Women for Women International charity. The one colour that caught my eye was Carina’s Love, a screen siren red named after Chinese actress Carina Lau. Encased in a gold tube, the lipstick comes with a square-angled tip that makes it super easy to apply, while the formulation boasts a blend of oils and waxes for buildable coverage and 3D pigments for a plumped pout.
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