Beauty Without Fuss

Sunday 30 September 2012

Discount at Cult Beauty - 48 Hours only

One of my favourite online places to shop, Cult Beauty, is having a flash sale today, offering an amazing 25% off their entire range, but the discount code "FLASH 25" (use it at the checkout) will only be live until midnight on Monday 1st October, so hurry up and get shopping!

You can pick from cult favourites such as Sunday Riley, or my personal pick, this Amber candle from Laboratory Perfumes ...

What'll you buy?

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Friday 28 September 2012

Milk Pocky from CyberCandy

I love milk flavoured sweeties, I do.  I can get nostalgic for milk bottle gums at the merest snap of a haribo packet. I like milk in my skincare as well (goat milk, for preference, thank you), but I really like milk.  Do you know, on the vanishingly rare occasions I visit coffee shops, I drink hot milk?  Yes, I am THAT weird, plus it confuses the heck out of the baristas and that amuses me.  It always strikes me that a lot of the drinks in those places could only be improved by taking the coffee out of them, but I think I'm digressing ...

Right, where was I?  Oh yes, Milk flavoured Pocky.  CyberCandy is one of my favourite places on earth, I've lost count of the number of hours I've spent filling shopping baskets then not buying anything on their online store, and I've spent more than my fair share of time in their offline stores as well, usually hassling the staff for salty licorice (what do you mean, euuuuwww? It's delicious!) and chocolate coated pretzels.  And pretzel-filled M&Ms.  Basically anything a bit salty. With chocolate or licorice on it.

Hang on, Milk flavoured Pocky!  I was offered my run of the Camden CyberCandy store last week, and picked a packet of these to try.  Have you any idea of how difficult it is being given the run of a sweetshop when you're on a diet?  I tell you, it's very difficult.  But, hey, I weigh two stone less now than I did in June, and Pocky are only half a syn a stick on Slimming World, and they're milk flavoured.  I may have mentioned that I like milk.  

Pocky, if you don't know, are a Japanese snack, they're a long thin biscuit, which come 3/4 covered in a creamy topping, usually chocolate, but there are masses, and masses and masses of flavours.  Including milk.  They're a bit like an anorexic Cadbury finger, and they're extremely moreish.  I polished off my packet of Pocky in about two minutes, but I enjoyed them hugely.  I could have inhaled them all in about 45 seconds, but I'm on a diet and thought I'd spread them out (you get about 12 in a pack) a bit and really enjoy them.  You know, like you do.

So yeah, Pocky.  Go buy them from Cybercandy. They're 99p, and it'll be the best two minutes of your weekend.

The Fine Print: I didn't pay for my Pocky.  I actually wanted a bar of Milka Happy Cow, but I was thwarted.  THWARTED! I'll be bringing you more reviews from CyberCandy every once in a while.  I thought it was time I mixed things up a bit. You're still not getting any outfits of the day though, I promise.

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Thursday 27 September 2012

From the Crypt: Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturiser

Not everyone has a makeup collection like mine, I realise.  By that, I mean that not everyone "loses" products under the pile of products that they own.  It's not that I don't know where anything is, you understand, but more like, well, I know it's in there somewhere ...

The recent change in the weather has meant that my lips have been a bit drier than usual in the mornings, and rediscovering my tube of Malin+Goetz lip moisturiser has been a blessing before applying lipsticks early in the day.

Lipid-rich, this isn't an oily balm, it's a clear, lightweight gel that sinks in very quickly and provides a perfect base for lipstick.  The effects seems to last a bit longer than with a traditional lipbalm too.  We've had a joyous reunion, M+G lip moisturiser and I, I'm glad to have you back ... 

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Wednesday 26 September 2012

Clinique Even Better Eyes Review

There weren't many posts on Get Lippie last week, whilst I won't go into the details for it, suffice it to say that last week was a tough one which involved a few sleepless nights and a few tears to boot.

All sorted now though, thank goodness, and nothing to worry about, either.  I am very glad I had a tiny tube of Clinique Even Better Eyes around at the time though.

A hybrid lightweight concealer and eyecream. this was a godsend for tired, baggy and bleary eyes last week.  I don't use undereye concealers ordinarily, finding very many of them too heavy for the delicate skin under the eyes, and I struggle with eyecreams too - finding them too rich for my skin.

I've had no problems with this cooling light-peach cream, it's not a full-on pigment heavy concealer, it's just pigmented enough to brighten up a dark area, but no more than that, and it's a very light emollient, so it's easy to spread without being too rich.  I like it a lot.

I adore the metal tip, too.  It feels very cooling in use, and just glides over the skin, so you're not pulling and tugging at the skin, but the cooling sensation is very refreshing first thing in the morning.

In long term use, it's said to even out your skin tone, fading your dark circles.  I don't suffer from them ordinarily, so can't speak to how well that particular claim works out, but if you're suffering from a temporary lack of sleep, this will definitely help you out ...  Just be warned, it contains caffeine, which can dehydrate, but I haven't had any problems with it.

The Fine Print: Possibly the handiest-timed PR sample ever.

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Tuesday 25 September 2012

Melvita Rose Extraordinary Water Review

I mentioned recently that my skin has been going through one of it's more insane periods - dry, itchy, dehydrated, blotchy and scaly, it's been fun!  The best thing for me to do when that happens is to scale back on the more active skin care and reintroduce more natural and less aggravating products.

 One product I'm really glad to have introduced to my routine is this Extraordinary Water in Rose from Melvita.  Not a water at all, and definitely not a toner, this is, in fact, a liquid-gel packed with hyaluronic acid and glycerine, alongside extracts of rose and marsh clover to soothe, hydrate, and - allegedly - firm skin.

I can't speak for its firming properties, but the soothing and hydration is second to none, at least as far as your blotchy, itchy, sandpaper-foreheaded correspondent is concerned.  It's taken me a long time - a very long time - to come around to the benefits of toning liquids in a skincare routine, and I've discovered that the trick (for me) is to think of them as the start of your moisturising routine, rather than the end of your cleansing one.  The texture, and the glorious scent, of this extraordinary water really helps with that - your skin very definitely feels softer and more moisturised, even before you apply your moisturiser over the top. 

Whilst it probably won't work miracles for anti-ageing (I'm definitely behind the idea that you need the appliance of science for that, frankly), if your skin is sore and dehydrated in the current weather, it'll thank you for investing in a bottle of this.  Mine has!  At £14 per 100ml bottle, it won't exactly break the bank either.   There are two other variants, orange blossom, and narcissus, but this is the one for me. You can buy it online from the Melvita store.

 The Fine Print: My initial bottle of this was a PR Sample, but I've bought a couple of bottles since.  I like it!

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Monday 24 September 2012

Tom Ford: Ombre de Hyacinth Review

A new season, and a new Tom Ford Private Blend fragrance to review ... 

This autumn, Tom Ford is releasing the "Jardin Noir" collection, a series of four floral scents, including, Cafe Rose, Jonquil de Nuit, Lys Fume, and this, Ombre de Hyacinth.  I've been lucky enough to have a sniff of all four, and to me, Ombre de Hyacinth is the most distinctive.  The rose, jonquil, and lily fragrances are very nice, but quite traditionally floral - in particular Jonquil de Nuit, or Daffodil of the Night as I've heard it referred to a few times, representing as it does, a traditional English country garden, but Ombre de Hyacinth has a little more of an edge than the other three.

It starts dry, green and bitter, oozing with resinous galbanum, reminiscent - in a very distant way - of the opening of Chanel No19. When sniffed on paper, (but not onskin), there's almost a hay, or drying grass accord, but on my skin, it's a little sweeter, a little more floral, with just a hint of soil beneath, and it's a fascinating fragrance whilst this bit lasts.  Personally, I don't know what hyacinths smell like, but the first hour or so of this fragrance is really lovely, yes it is flowery, but in an unusual green and slightly dirty way, like flowers from bulbs, rather than cut flowers.  MrLippie likes it very much too, which is very unusual for a floral fragrance. 

After about an hour, the jasmine and musks kick in.  I haven't really worn a lot of jasmine over the last few years owing to having overdosed back in the dim and distant past on Serge Lutens A la Nuit (which is a little like being drowned in jasmine - it might be time for me to reinvestigate my vintage bottle, now I come to think of it), it's quite a clean jasmine, polite, you might say, and it sticks close to my skin, without really disappearing at all.  I like it, quite a lot, the scent reminds me of vintage cosmetics, of finely milled face powders and French lipsticks, it's rather lovely.

It's fairly tenacious too, sprayed on skin it will last around eight hours, though I've been able smell it on my skin some 12-18 hours later too, and if you spray it on clothing, it'll last even longer than that.

Is it a classic?  I don't know, and I'm not qualified to say, either, but this is a fragrance I like a lot, in spite of myself.  I thought, originally, that I had a few fragrances similar - almost immediately Untitled by Maison Martin Margiela sprang to mind after that bitter green opening, but I was soon disabused of that notion, it is a floral, but with an unusual crisp green edge and a hint of dirt that I like a lot.  It's one of those scents that I find myself occasionally "phantom-smelling" (where you get an idea of a scent in your mind and think you want to smell that again), and not a lot of fragrances do that.

It's a pricey one, at £135 for a 50ml bottle, but I can see I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this - it's currently on my (mental) shortlist of potential wedding fragrances ...

The Fine Print: The PR department at Tom Ford have kindly forgiven me for my Lavender Palm review, and provided a sample of this for consideration.  I threatened to send my granny round, you see ...

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Wednesday 19 September 2012

SLiNK Magazine is out now!

Posts are thin on the ground this week, I know, but normal service will be resumed shortly, I promise.

If you've missed me at all  in the meantime (and if not, WHY NOT, eh? Eh?) then you can read the latest issue of SLiNK Magazine, which also happens to be my first full issue as beauty editor!  I'm super-excited about it (totes!) and hope you will like what I've done.  The next issue - which is the Beauty issue - will be even bigger, better and brighter, I promise. It had better be, I've been working like a Trojan on it for the last couple of months, with the help of a few other people, and some "celebrity guests"!

Click the picture or the SLiNK link to go through and buy the magazine:

It's meant to look like this - got any 3D goggles handy?  Put 'em on now!
My especial thanks go to both Caroline Hirons and Jack Howard for their help in getting this issue together, thanks, guys. You rock.

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Thursday 13 September 2012

Carter & Bond Barbers

Back by "popular request", today Get Lippie is proud to be hosting a guest post from that most "august" of "occasional* contributors", yes, it's Mr Lippie!**

The last time I went to a branded barber shop, I have to admit that the experience was less than overwhelming, and as a result I have been fairly wary of venturing far from my local barbers' where I've been going for about 4 years. 

So, when I was offered a haircut and a wet shave from Carter & Bond, I experienced a certain amount of apprehension. Getting the balance right at a barber shop can be incredibly difficult. Whilst most little local, independent shops charge very little and depend upon a high volume of customers who are happy with something that can be achieved with clippers and a minimal amount of scissor action, the moment you start to up the price past the £15/£20 mark, customers want something special. Some brands try to appeal to the "lad" market, with big screens playing various sports shows, beer on offer, and generally trying to bring a bar feel to the whole concept. Others go high end, bringing the feel of a Savoy tailor and treating customers as king, with a host of added extras - for a price.

So, which would Carter & Bond be? To judge from the logo - an elegant bowler hat - I thought it would be high-end, catering to a market which would be a long way above my price range. The only question, in my mind, was whether the value for money would be there. Carter & Bond are situated over in West London, a few minutes walk from Latymer Road Tube Station. When walking up to the address given, a bit of confusion did start to set in - we were heading up to what was obviously a combined industrial/commercial unit. Given it was a Sunday afternoon, this was even more odd! However, we found Carter & Bond on the buzzer, pressed it, mentioned I had an appointment, and in we went.

When we got to the barber shop, the barber (an amiable gent by the name of Yusuf) was just finishing up with another client. There was just one chair, but the room itself was a call to every young boys' dream. Model planes adorned the room, plastic soldiers were lurking everywhere, and - best of all, in my humble opinion - a STACK of Commando comic books were piled up at the back. It was just great. Yusuf was chatting quietly to his client, and I just wondered around, slightly awestruck, wondering precisely how much of this stuff had been nicked from my parents' garage. I gathered my wits, refocussed, and looked at what was actually being sold.

There were, in actuality, a tonne of really interesting products alongside the memorabilia. Everything you would expect at a barber - the hair gels, the aftershaves - but all sorts of extras which caught my magpie-like eyes - cufflinks, full-on cutthroat razors & shaving kits, and even toothpaste! It was all very intriguing, and I barely noticed the time pass as the previous client - who was obviously here for the first time as well - was finished with, took a peer at the extras, and walked off with toothpaste and a couple of other odds & sods, looking very satisfied.

I took a seat in the big chair and Yusuf looked expectantly at me. "Erm....I usually have a Grade 6 back & sides, with about an inch off the top" - yes, this was my opening gambit. A quiet chuckle ensued. "Sorry sir, we don't do that sort of thing here" - accompanied by a waggle of the scissors. Gosh! I gathered my wits, and tried to remember the last time I'd had a haircut like that - and, to my shame, I still can't! Some brief negotiation & discussion ensured, and Yusuf went to work on my barnet. I have to say that I was very impressed. Quick, efficient, and obviously highly skilled, Yusuf rapidly sorted my hair (of which there is copious amounts, not always amenable to direction) into something which genuinely suited me. The past couple of weeks have been even more impressive, as the style has held its' shape very well and is still recognisable, despite my lack of skills in sculpting hair with product!

Once the hair was done, it was time for the shave - my first wet shave ever! I had a couple of ideas of what to expect, but the sensations absolutely blew me away. The hot towels steamed my head to perfection, and the various oils suddenly cooled my face with serious intensity. Add the slide of the razor across the skin, and it was fantastic. I would easily recommend it to anyone (at least, anyone who needs their face shaved!). Overall, the entire process took about an hour, which was capped off with me emerging incredibly red-faced, but feeling hugely revived. The various photos show me somewhat mummified, but they have no way to depict the furnace that was hitting my face!

Afterwards, we had a brief chat about the experience - and the astonishing fact that that whole hour would only cost £50! For a once-a-month experience, that's not bad at all - admittedly, the real trouble would be from spending as much if not more on the extras - a cufflink addict like myself could easily blow a tonne of cash without blinking.

Overall, I really enjoyed the whole thing, and am looking forward to returning - I just hope Yusuf doesn't mind that the side parting he gave me has disappeared....!

You can find Carter and Bond at 15-17 Baseline Studios, Whitchurch Road, London, W11 4AT, and calle them on 020 7243 0319.  They also have a great online grooming store at which is all kinds of aces ...
*  If by occasional, you mean, like, once a year or so.

** Will that do, MrL?

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Wednesday 12 September 2012

Chanel Rouge Allure: Inimitable, Coromandel and Passion

Very little gets my heart racing like a red lipstick. When three red lipsticks turn up on the same day, well, that's an event my friends.  I was delighted to hear that Chanel are re-launching their Rouge Allure range, to go alongside the successful Rouge Coco lipsticks.  Whilst I like (and own about six) of the Coco's, I do prefer something more pigmented, and the Rouge Allures deliver pigment in spades.

I was sent three of the brightest shades from the newly-relaunched collection, Inimitable, Coromandel and Passion, all reds and all beautiful.  Shall we take a look?

Inimitable is a bright berry red, slightly blue-based in tone, but with a golden shimmer running through it that warms it up a little in wear.

Hard to tell from this picture, but Coromandel is an orange-red, but without the brown undertones that would normally make you describe this as a brick-red.  There is a fine (finer than that in Inimitable) gold shimmer running through this lipstick too.

Passion is a classic blue-based red without shimmer, and is a little more pigmented than Inimitable. It's a lot more dramatic in wear than that shade too, and will suit cooler-toned wearers.

Let's take a look at the bullets together:

You can only get an idea of how different the shades are when they're on skin, so I won't keep you waiting:

As you can see here, Coromandel really does pull orange in comparison to the other two shades, but on the lips, this isn't as noticeable, especially if your lips have a lot of red to them already.  I'll show you lip swatches later on in the week.

The formula on these is very good, excellent slip without feeling greasy, a high level of pigment, a glossy finish and that classic Chanel lipstick scent.  Wear time is about average, but they're not billed as long-lasting lipsticks, so I don't mind that too much, to be honest.  There's very little more glamorous than pulling out a Chanel lipstick for touch-ups, and the Rouge Allure casing is a classic - you push down on the gold Chanel logo and the lipstick pops up out of the black metal casing.  You don't get that distinctive lipstick "click" that you do with more traditional casings, but it's satisfying all the same.  I remember when the Rouge Allures were first launched, and they were making a big song and dance about how the packaging was operable with one hand.  Er ... it isn't, but hey ho, it's a nice case all the same.

What's your pick of the Allures?

The Fine Print: Samples supplied by Chanel.
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Tuesday 11 September 2012

Guerlain Abeille Royale Skincare Range

This is a guest post from the gorgeous Lila Des Gupta of Olfactory Events, who was kind enough to test some skincare for me.  Thank you so much for a great review, Lila!
Products Tested:       Guerlain Abeille Royale Nourishing Day Cream £102 for 50ml
                                Guerlain Abeille Royale Nourishing Night Cream £118 for 50ml
                                Guerlain Abeille Royale Neck & Décolleté Cream (SPF 15)   £82 for 50ml

What is it?  

Guerlain Abeille Royale Skin Care range that uses Royal Jelly.

I remember the first time I heard about royal jelly:  the romantic novelist Barbara Cartland, who was a great proponent, had written a book about its benefits called ‘The Magic of Honey. ’ I’d only just started university, so obviously, I wasn’t paying attention!


My first reaction at opening these 3 products was one of delight.  The packaging of the Guerlain Abeille Royale range radiates glamour – there’s a definite ‘ooooooh’ moment when you take each one out of the box.  Singly or together, they look beautiful on a dressing table, and let’s face it, who doesn’t like to have their spirits lifted in the morning with the sight of de luxe pampering products? Each pot comes supplied with a dinky little spoon, just in case you are not the slovenly type that uses fingers.

I would have given the design 10 out of 10 were it not that the print on the jars is too small for me to read without glasses.   It may not be an inconvenience for some, but since I’m always losing my glasses (or my equally long-sighted husband is always snaffling away the many pairs we have round the house),  I was forced to separate these beauties rather than keep them together on the dressing table, so that I could tell who was who.

A very minor quibble, I know.


As you would expect from a company with such a pedigree in the perfume world, these products all smell lovely but are not overpowering.   They have a mild, fresh smell which is pleasant, but never dominating.


This is a very personal thing – I would describe these as middle to rich.  I usually use much richer creams than this, but I know a lot of people like rather light, fluid creams.   A strong point of all 3 creams I tested is that they are very easily absorbed, and you only need a little.  I think the consistency would keep a very broad range of people happy precisely because they are so easily absorbed.  

Nourishing Day Cream

On application it has a very definite ‘firming’ sort of feeling – if you are familiar with Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, you will know what that sensation is.  It feels as if the skin is being ‘tightened’ a little.  At the same time you get a (not unpleasant) very mild tingling feeling that you might experience with some toners.   The cream is absorbed straight away and never feels oily or heavy – you only need a little bit, which is great, because a pot will last you some time (there is a ‘use within 9 months’ logo on the bottom of each pot). 
This cream is a great base for foundation and I noticed that I needed to use less than normal afterwards.   I usually apply foundation with a large brush (Mac 187 Duo Fibre Brush), so it’s easy to achieve lighter coverage using this method, rather than using your fingers.

I have a hunch that the ‘tingling’ feeling is where the magic is going on.  I don’t have many wrinkles (probably genetic), so I didn’t notice a change there.  What I did notice, rather remarkably, was two-fold. First, I usually get quite a bit of dead skin at the sides of my nose which requires exfoliating every few days – this stopped happening, the old layers of skin just seem to be gone.   Secondly, my skin is ‘combination’ skin, but I notice it has been much drier since using the cream, and in a good way.   It’s unclear to me if this product comes with an SPF since this is not mentioned. 

Nourishing Night Cream

This is also an easily absorbed cream.   It seems to moisturise quite deeply without feeling heaving, which is certainly an achievement.  What I noticed here is that using this (and the day cream) seems to have somehow ‘balanced’ or ‘equalised’ my skin, if that’s the right word.  As I say, I have combination skin, but when I wake up in the morning, my skin is usually quite oily – using the creams seems to have regulated this and lowered the amount of oil produced overnight.  A remarkable difference I would say. 

Neck Cream & Décolleté Cream

I don’t normally like to put any cream at all on my eyes or neck – I find they are two areas where I don’t feel comfortable applying anything.    Of the three creams, I think this one is the slightly richer.  It has a very smooth texture to it and almost feels as if it has some smooth micrograins in it.     What I liked about it was that it didn’t feel like there was much on my skin at all, so I did actually like putting it on.  It has a very slight tingly feeling on application.  This cream comes with an SPF of 15.

The Second Guinea Pig

The person who has the most wrinkles in our house is my husband!   I wanted to see how the cream would work on person with dry skin, and I’m happy to say that it worked very well on his skin too.  As long as I was the one who was applying it, he was prepared to be a guinea pig.  The day cream was not too perfumed for a man to wear and it definitely worked to soften and moisturise his skin.  He found the cream very easy to wear and said his skin felt much more ‘comfortable’ afterwards.

Overall Impression

Despite initial scepticism, which always comes with being a journalist, I was very pleasantly surprised how good the Abeille Royale line is.  I used to think that one skin cream was much the same as another, but there is no doubt that this cream really does work on the cells and appears to somehow get rid of the dead skin on top.   It also works on a range of skins – combination as well as dry skin.  Overall, I have to admit, my skin does look better.  

After six weeks of the trial, I went back to using my old cream while on holiday for a week.   I have to admit, I found it too heavy and cloying.  

When I finish the Abeille Royale line, I will definitely buy these products again.

Bottom Line:  Expensive but absolutely worth having

Cream tested daily for 6 weeks

The Fine Print: PR Samples.
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Monday 10 September 2012

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette

I may have let out a little "squee" of excitement when I saw the promo image of this palette from Estee Lauder, from the gorgeous purple packaging to the contents, this had Get Lippie written all over it.  Not literally, of course, but you know what I mean.  Anyway, take a look:

So pretty, and such an unusual selection of shades.  Fuchsia, Copper, Navy, Champagne and Black, and, it's surprisingly versatile, as I'll show you later - don't let that bright pink put you off:

I love how textured and gorgeous the shadow pans are.  The shadows are the "tribrid" texture, which is an amalagam of cream, powder and gel, and the shades are fairly pigmented, and quite complex as a result.

This is just one pass on bare skin with the sponges from the palette, you can get a heavier application with your fingers or a densely-haired brush.

 All the shades, even the pink are very wearable, the champagne shade almost blends with my skin, but I assure you that it's in the swatch pics!  Only the black has a matte texture, usable for lining with a thin brush.

Best of all, you can mix the shades, if you layer the pink over the blue, you get a beautiful multichromatic smoky purple, which I adore:

Perfect for more dramatic looks.

What do you think of Violet Underground?  It's limited edition, and available on counter now for £40.  There's an eyeliner and four new lipshades to go with it too ...

The Fine Print: I may have begged for this one.

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Sunday 9 September 2012

Lipstick of the Week

The last time I did Lipstick of the Week, it was all a bit neutral, so I guess this week was a bit of an antidote to that, albeit an unplanned one - I don't plan my lipstick wearing in advance, I simply wear whatever appeals to me on the day. Oh! A warning for the squeamish: this post contains images of not one, but two celebrity makeup collections - I don't know what's come over me.  Anyhoo,  let's bring on some colour!

Clockwise rom left to right (starting at the back) we have: 

ByTerry Aquatint in 101 Dancefloor Flirt, 
Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle
Illamasqua in Magnetism
ArtDeco Dita's Classics in Art Couture
Rimmel Lasting Finish "By Kate" in 107
and at the front from left to right:
Guerlain Rouge G in Georgia
Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait in Paresse

Let's take an individual look:

In the tube, this gel-stain looks a frankly terrifying shade of neon orange.  Luckily, on the lips, this settles down nicely into a soft pink stain that lasts for hours and hours.  Surprisingly easy to wear, this makes a nice base for other colours too.

 Possibly the classic shade from when Rouge Coco's launched from Chanel, this is a neutral on me (but only because I have very pigmented lips naturally), a dark woody rose, this a perfect shade for all occasions.  Or work, which is what I wore it for.

Illamasqua Magnetism is from the latest "Generation Q" collection, of which I wholeheartedly approve, featuring, as it does, men and women of all ages (sadly not all sizes, though) in the campaign imagery. Magnetism is a creamy deep raspberry shade that I love, and makes a great change from red.  Long lasting, and non-drying (unlike some other deeply pigmented shades from Illamasqua), this is a new classic pink for me.

Sigh.  This is beautiful.  I had a suspicion it would be when I read about the range (c'mon, Dita Von Teese doing red lipstick?  I'm in), I thought the shades would be great, but I wasn't too sure what the formulation would be like, not knowing all that much about ArtDeco brand outside of their eyeshadow primer.  I needn't have worried, this is a perfect lipstick.  A great red, and it lasts.  And lasts.  And lasts and lasts and lasts.  People who follow me on Twitter and Instragram will have a good idea of how this lasts, at least ten hours or so without needing a reapplication, and there is no red ring of doom.  This lipstick has rocketed into my top five discoveries of the year, without question.

I can't remember the last time I wore a Rimmel lipstick.  Genuinely. Nonetheless I've been very impressed with these new matte lipsticks from the "By Kate" collection.  Only the red and the dark berry (107 - above), are worth bothering with shade-wise (the "nude" is of a shade that makes me suspect it's actually a rogue tube of Hide the Blemish, to be hones), but these are nicely pigmented, nicely lasting, nice lipsticks.  I can't get too excited, but for the price, they're ... nice.  Non-drying too.

I adore the Rouge G formula so much that it's exceptionally difficult for me to walk past a Guerlain counter without buying one.  This is one of my all-time favourite lipsticks, so much so that it was my lipstick of the year in 2010. 

And finally:

Dreadfully out of focus, I'm sorry!

I mentioned above that I can't pass a Guerlain counter without buying something.  Well, meet my latest acquisition.  I tried (and reviewed) the new Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait recently, and I knew I had to have another shade.  A lot of the L'Extraits are quite bright, and I wanted to give a softer shade a go.  Hence, Paresse.  A mid-toned rose, without too many blue undertones, it's a lovely colour.  Haven't really tested it properly for wear yet, but I'll report back.


A bit of a brighter week all round, really!

What've you been wearing?
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