Merry Christmas guys! I wish you joy and happiness this Yuletide!
My Christmas tradition the same each year – I spend it surrounded by family and of course, with my L’Oréal ultra matte lipstick “TASTY RUBY” 864 😀 Since I began using this lipstick since 2019, I have never spent a Christmas without it because it’s vibrant red excites me besides it being the perfect representation of Christmas red!
My Christmas always start right with the perfect lipstick 😀
What is your Christmas tradition? Merry Christmas guys!
I bought three shades of two different L’Oréal liquid matte lipsticks. The pink shade “I DECIDE” and the orange shade “I RADIATE” are liquid matte lipsticks that have a very light-weight texture. It feels like a velvety smooth, water-based serum at touch and when applied on the lips, it looks effortless and so light that you don’t realize that you are wearing lipstick. This lipstick can go from light to heavy, hence buildable coverage. Even though it is light-weight, it lasts the entire day. I particularly love the lipsticks. I absolutely love the applicator because it makes application easy and precise.
In the picture below, I applied the pink shade “I DECIDE” on my upper lip while the orange shade “I RADIATE” is on the lower lip. I love the orange shade because it is not bright, hot orange and looks somewhat coral in shade – soft but appealing.
The third lipstick is the L’Oréal ultra matte lipstick in a shade of “TASTY RUBY” 864. I absolutely love this shade of red! It’s a shade of red that can be noticed from away and the beautiful thing about this Tasty Ruby lipstick is that it is a statement makeup so you do not require that much makeup on your face.
The Ultra matte lipstick is in a class all by itself – the texture is much heavier than the two above, it is very creamy and offers full coverage even at a single application. This lipstick is ideal for a dramatic look or a good night out in town. This lipstick lasts all day and beyond – if you are a night owl, keep this lipstick close by because it will last even to the morning! Absolutely gorgeous!
I am not much of a foundation person and neither do I love wearing makeup every day but I sure do love lipsticks. I especially love matte lipsticks and do more of lipsticks than lip glosses. But lately, I was seeking for glossy lipsticks with long hour staying power so I headed out to the Boots store while on vacation. I decided to try L’Oréal Infallible 24 hours lip stick. What attracted me to this lipstick was the “24 hours” – I have 24 hours lipsticks from other brands and they do live up to their expectations so you can imagine how eager I was to try this – given the fact that they are glossy as well. So I bought three shades:
To start with, I like that this lipsticks comes as a 2-in-1 which is the liquid lipstick and a top coat that is meant to act as a color boost balm. The lipstick makes for easy application as the applicator is firm and easy to handle.
Here’s my observation:
At first application, it doesn’t spread quite well. It is not an instant full coverage lipstick like the other brands that I own, probably because it is not matte. This is how it looked after first application:
I got the desired coverage after the third application:
That I was pleased with although three applications is a bit much of an effort before achieving the desired coverage.
The shine lasted for four hours under the Nigerian sun.
By evening after I had drank and eaten, this is how the lipstick turned out:
This lipstick can take you from morning to evening but you will need one top-up but as regarding lasting for 24hours, it hasn’t lived up to that – at least not for me, especially in my Nigerian heat where makeup melts away with the heat! 😀
I have been using Urban Decay Hi-fi shine lip gloss since May. It is presented in a transparent tube with silver lid and casing. The packaging is quite attractive and I like the fact that it is easy to grip and use.
I bought two shades of this lip gloss -SPL which is a intense shimmering rose pink shade and “Snapped” which is an intense shimmering purple shade. The lip gloss is presented as a creamy texture while the applicator brush is firm enough to apply this non-clumpy creamy shimmering lip gloss without making a mess.
Upon opening the lid and applying on the lips, a soft but exciting minty scent filters into your nostrils like some sort of welcoming rite 😀. I actually love this about it. The lip gloss presents a sweet, candy-like fragrance and taste, which I am not too hyped about. I think I would have been okay with the minty scent because I sincerely do not like “sweet” lip glosses.
Besides the taste, I love the filling it gives the lips because the volume builds up quite easily. This lip gloss presents no clumps at all as it spreads smoothly with ease.
And the shine? Absolutely gorgeous! I love the glossy, shimmering finish and the fact that the minty scent lingers on for a while to create a “balmy” feel which is quite reassuring because you feel your lips being protected 😀.
I love everything about the lip glosses. Besides the sweet scent which I am not too hyped about, I love everything else about this lip glosses so I am going to give it a 4 out of 5 – just ’cause of the fragrance.
So, what was your valentine’s day experience like? For me, it is almost the same yearly as I usually spend the day all to myself and away from the madness of hectic roads caused by the heavily commercialized valentine’s day celebration.
So, this year, I gifted myself with Labelle Makeup new collection of liquid matte lipsticks which came as part of its Valentine Set. It came in a beautiful black box and accompanied by a bedazzled key-ring and a box of heart-shaped chocolates. I really loved and enjoyed this package. Inside were three liquid matte lipsticks:
The first lipstick I sampled was Russian girl which is a bright red sexy lipstick while Victorian Glam is a much darker shade that is daring and seductive. Mocha is soft and sultry. The lipstick is extremely light-weight, very easy to apply and lasts the entire day because it is waterproof. I like the fact that I was not bothered in between meals and drinks because the lipstick did not wipe off. In fact, I did not have to touch it up because it stayed on just as I had applied it earlier.
I actually tried washing the lipstick off with water and soap; it really was not easy to wipe off as it stayed on.
All three shades were the perfect valentine shades for me because I felt pretty and sexy in all of them.
My verdict: I give this lipstick 5 out of 5 because I could not find anything wrong with them. You can purchase yours at http://www.labellemakeup.co.uk
So, orange is one of the colors that I adore because it uplifts my mood and brighten me up any time. So when I went shopping for MAC lipsticks, I bought So Chaud, which is a bright orange matte lipstick that feels creamy on application but remains matte all day. This lipstick is so long lasting that it can withstand food and drinks and still be stubborn to take off at bedtime.
It doesn’t leave your lips dry like most matte lipsticks but maintains a soft shine the entire day.
Loving this lipstick right now because with such strong lips, a nearly-bare face is just about right. This lipstick is worth having.
I recently purchased a set of MAC lipsticks recently and the matte Stone is my favorite for its taupe shade that is soft yet unmissable. I love dark lips and sometimes, dark lipsticks can appear too strong especially during the day so this MAC matte Stone is perfect – it’s a nude taupe that is like a softer, “mellow -down” dark lipstick that is so beautiful to wear. And I must say that it lasts all day long!
This lipstick might be matte but the texture isn’t like other matte lipsticks that are dry. Rather, this one feels soft and moisturizing to touch and when applied, it doesn’t feel dry at all. While I had the lipstick on, I ate, drank and put the lipstick to test all through the day. I was pleased to find that the lipstick was still on. And before bed, I had to use makeup remover to wipe it off as just mere water wouldn’t do the job.
My verdict? I will give this lipstick 4.5 out of 5. I love it so much.
While it may take an hour or more to create a makeup look, it can be quite daunting for the vast majority of women who want to look beautiful and fabulous within a few minutes. This is where I come in. I do not think that you need to spend hours sculpting your face simply because you want to create silhouettes that are naturally not there. If you have a beautiful skin, then you need not spend hours layering makeup on your face.
This look that I created is simple, minimalist and done in a few minutes.
To start with, you do not need to draw your eye brows too strong. Just make sure they are neatly groomed. Secondly, you don’t need blush all the time, especially if you are a black woman! 😀 and lastly, you do not need contouring.
Quick & easy tips:
1. Always use a concealer. It keeps your face fresh and bright.
2. Use a powder foundation because it’s quick and gives medium to full coverage. It’s easy to apply, not messy and gives you foundation and powder combined.
3. Use bronzer on your cheek bones to give your face a healthy shine.
4. Apply a shimmer eyeshadow with high pigment because it stands out easily and lasts the whole day. You need not contour your eyes. I used Labelle eyeshadow palette. I lined my eyes with a felt tip liner, which is easy to apply.
5. Skip the blush and brush on defining lip color that expresses your personality. I used a combo of Mary Kay beach bronze lip gloss and Labelle nude lip cream.
Nude makeup is in now, which is quite interesting given that we spent the last couple of years creating dramatic makeup looks from intense facial contouring to intensely dark and dramatic eyes and lips. This year, Nude is wearing a new look: either you are bare-face with bold lips that express your personality or mood, or your lips are bare with minimal makeup. Drama is so last season.
For my two Nude looks, I deliberately used my natural brows without excessive grooming and neither did I wear a blush. For the eye makeup, I wore absolutely nothing in the first while a simple purple eye shadow from my Labelle palette was just enough. I didn’t even contour my eyes. Minimalism is the new trend.
For this look, I blended two of my favorite shades of dark lipsticks- plum. I absolutely love all shades of plum because plum is quite agreeable when it comes to wearing dark lips and it works well with any skin tone. For the look above, I combined Milani matte fearless lipstick with Revlon Plum lipstick to create a matte-cum-moisturizing lipstick that is neither dry nor glossy.
For this look, I used Labelle purple shadow from the eyeshadow palette, and for the lips, I used a combo of Labelle Nude lip cream and a dash of classic Mary Kay beach bronze lip gloss for added shine.
Both looks were pretty easy to create without contouring or blush. And both are great for day time looks as well.
I recently created a new section of my blog called Lipmania which is dedicated to lip makeup only. I love lipsticks a lot so I will be reviewing all things lips – lipsticks, lip glosses, lip liners and all forms of lip makeup.
My first review is on U.K. Based Instagram sensation – Labelle UK. I have used their matte lipsticks in the past so I decided to try the liquid lipsticks in shades of Brownie & Nude.
The texture is creamy, moisturizing and with minimal shine. This is a long-wearing lipstick so you need not worry about taking drinks. It’s brush tip makes for easy application and it’s coverage is exceptional.