Well with Christmas well and truly behind us, all of the focus has now shifted to the New Year and that means “outfits, venues, goals and resolutions”.
This post will concentrate on outfits. We can look into some of the other topics in a future post.
Now it could be that you want to go out on New Years Eve and paint the town red or you just want a quiet one at home with your loved ones. Whichever one it is, I’m sure you will want to be dressed appropriately.
I’m sharing a couple of looks which could be considered for a night out. The first is a one shoulder LBD which can be paired with some killer heels or boots and then accessorised with gold or silver jewellery.
Some examples of similar dresses are in the links below:
Pair it with some killer heels or boots and you’re good to go. You wont need to go overboard with your accessories, just some bold earrings and maybe a bangle and a watch. Fashion rings would finish the look.
Today I’m reviewing the @colourpop cosmetics Ultra matte liquid lipstick. Unless you have been living on a gorgeous remote island somewhere, you have probably seen liquid lipsticks being advertised, especially on Youtube and Instagram. I have recently invested in the colour pop brand and I thought I would add my humble opinion to the mix.
Firstly I want to say that I’m usually a nude lip girl most of the time. However I liked the pretty colours so much that I extended my usual colour palette to include some (never before worn) bold colours….! They actually look pretty cool on.
Any way let me get on with this review.
Colourpop cosmetics are an LA based affordable cosmetics company. There “about us” page highlights the fact that they want their products to be accessible and affordable which is a great philosophy to stand by. Also they only test their products on humans.
There are 47 colours to choose from. I brought a mixture of 9 different colours. The colours are super pigmented and long lasting.
The lipsticks come in a fairly standard lipstick cardboard box packaging. The box is a simple understated white colour with and an orangey red lid.
So I have been wearing “Trap” to work. When I swatched this on my arm it looked like a fairly washed out pale nude. I must say I was a bit disappointed. However on my lips it comes out as a very pretty pink colour and I get quite a few compliments about it.
The lipstick is very wet when applied. A lip liner may help to control the application, however I found that when you apply the lipstick to the lip line first and then “fill in” worked well for me.
Creeper – A lovely orange/ red colour
Trap – A pink/nude
Kapow – A greyish colour
Chilly chili- A pink/brown
Lax- deep rich brown/red tone
Zipper – deep pink
Lychee- fun pink
Be-Dazzled- bold purple
Jellies – Blue is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a fun, edgy colour that I thought I’d try out..:-)
Time to dry
Its starts drying after a few seconds and I would say its completely dry by 60 seconds. Then you can touch your lips and you don’t get the same disappointment that you get with standard lippies. As I said earlier I have been wearing this to work and I wear a surgical mask most of the day with a few cups of tea long the way. Even with all of that, the lipstick did not need reapplication until way after lunch. So I’m pretty confident that it would last longer on a non work day.
The lipstick does fade a little after eating and that would be the time for possible re application.
The finish is a very current matte look. These lipsticks can be a bit too drying for the lips though. So if you have dry cracking lips to start with , this may not be for you, unless you use a lip balm prior to application..;-). I would also consider exfoliating the lips regularly.
I remove the lipstick with an oil based make up remover. The deeper colours are not so easy to remove completely. You can also use cleanser wipes.
Have you tried this lipstick? How do you find it and have you tried any other brands?
A day of love and romance. I actually believe that love should be celebrated and made a fuss of any day of the year, but hey lets get back to this specific day. This is a day most will share with their partners, husbands, lovers etc. But its not just about romantic love. Love goes beyond that. It’s about extending that hand of friendship to someone who you may not reach out to usually. Remembering people from your past, remembering people or family who may have lost someone, remembering your single friends and family, widows and widowers or even forgiving someone who has wronged you! The last one can be difficult but definitely doable, life is too short!:-)
As I write these things, I’m also talking to myself. Now if you opt to stay in by yourself, watch romcoms and eat chocolates or not celebrate it at all, it all definitely works. How ever you decide to spend it, have an open heart and enjoy your day…
Okay back to the makeup….
This year I’ve opted for a soft glam Valentines day look. The colours I’ve chosen would work across a spectrum of skin tones. This can be worn out on a date or if your out with friends or family.
I used the Naked 3 palette to create a pink soft smokey eye.
Today I wanted to share one of my “warm tones” eye make up looks, which I really enjoyed creating. Anyone who knows me knows I like nudes, beiges , browns, camels etc. But every so often I’ll most definitely pull out a pop of colour!
For this look I used the Coastal scents 252 Ultimate palette, which is a great palette with a wide range of pigmented colours. Its reasonably priced at around £23.99.
Unfortunately the colours are not named or numbered so I can’t give you the name of the exact colour, but I can show you.
I used the gold on the main lid, with the yellows in the mid lid. The crease was the deep brown, the transition colour was a lighter brown. Then I used the rustic, orangey, brown on the far right to add a little more colour. Ardell Professional lashes completed the eyes.
Anastasia Beverley Hill Dip brow pomade in dark brown. I love this pomade. It so easy to apply and long-lasting, but you must get a small eyebrow brush to apply it. I use the Anastasia eyebrow brush which allows me to apply the pomade with definition. I used L.A. Girl Pro wear concealer (Fawn) to define the eyebrow.
Revlon photo ready foundation in Cappuccino. This is a full coverage, oil free and fragrance free cream foundation. I have only recently used it and I have to say I quite like it. Its reasonably priced and is long lasting.
Mac’s pro longwear concealer in NW40. This stuff does what it says on the tin. It lasts all day!
Mac’s Gold deposit Mineralise skin finish for a little shimmer.
I used the Sleek powder contour kit in dark and my blush was Sleek Sahara.
My favourite matte nude lippie is Yash by Mac. It is a little pale so I usually add a small amount of a dark colour. This time I used Iman’s Truffle.
I hope you like the look and I hope it gave you some ideas if you’re into warm toned make up…