Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Sunday Notes #7: Getting into Lipstick #2

Since writing this post I've been attempting to up my beauty blogger points by exploring the world of lipsticks. I was once an eyeshadow-phob but now rock it on the daily so I figure the same can be done for lipstick, right? Opening up to a little lip colour has revealed a whole new world in terms of textures, finishes, shades, formulas- it's never ending! Through my little foray into the lipstick world, one day I'll be able to do the 'Lipstick Addict Tag', I've come to realise there are definitely a few tips and tricks that make the transition oh so much easier..

1. Prep and Prime. There's nothing worse than applying a lipstick and having it cling to every single dry patch on your lips. It enhances problem areas and looks down right blotchy. A kissable finish is all about the prep, think exfoliation and nourishment. A gentle scrub the night before helps slog away dry skin and reveal soft, smooth lips. Something like the Lush lip scrub is great but you can also simply run your toothbrush gently over your lips. Follow up with the most nourishing lip balm in your stash, for me that's Nuxe Reve De Miel, and let it work it's magic overnight. The next morning, pre lipstick application, apply another layer of lip balm. Nuxe is great for this as it's matte formula doesn't affect the finish of your lipstick.

2. Stay Away from the Blush- Blessed with a ruddy complexion like I am, it's easy to go overboard. A rosy shade on the lips paired with an overzealous blush application works with my natural ruddy complexion to give an altogether OTT finish, lovely. When opting for a not so 'your lip' lip colour I like to keep blush extremely minimal, definitely nothing too red toned, or just skip it all together. A sweep of bronzer on the cheeks works perfectly to add a little somethin' somethin' whilst also toning down any redness.

3. Practise Practise Practise- It's ok to sport a bright red lip within the confides of your own home with no intention of ever leaving, we've all been there. There's no better way to build up bold lip confidence and you'll slowly get use to seeing yourself with something a little bright. Whether it be for 1 week or 6, take your time and slowly build up your confidence, you can do it gurl!

Bonus Anna Blush points if you leave some more tips in the comments ;)



  1. The Rimmel by Kate Moss shade you have in the photo was my very first lipstick when I was trying to get myself to wear it, just like you. I'm having a moment of nostalgia here! It is a slow process, I'm still scared of reds, but it's definitely worth it in the end!

  2. Aww! Must be a good one for newbies, definitely is a slow process xx

  3. Haha I think we've all been there ;) xx

  4. Great post! I have a post about my tips for red lips on the blog and I will link it here as well if you are interested. I was the same and never went for lipstick but over time and grown to love it. I think natural shades (not nudes) are a great start so it feels and looks like your lips and you're not uncomfortable. Pigmented balms like the Maybelline Colour Whispers are also a great way to start because they are so easy to use and look great too!

  5. omg, i bought myself a bright bold red lip colour and don't have the confidence to wear it outside! I will def try to slowly build it up as you suggested.

    Lets keep in touch and follow each other on bloglovin! I always follow back!

    Love from Canada,

    Marie from

  6. I love the apocolips range and the revlon colourbursts are amazing too

  7. Ooo thanks Jess, I'll definitely check that out! I love tinted balms, I think I'll have to pick up some of the Maybelline Colour Whispers xx

  8. Haha I love how at the shops it seems like such a a good idea then you go to actually wear it and it's suddenly not so inviting! One day we'll get there xx

  9. They are lovely x

  10. You are so right about avoiding blush when wearing lipstick! I'm guilty of wearing a nice pinky blush with a pink lipstick and it doesn't work haha! And I love the Reve de Miel lip balm, so nourishing x

    Kathryn | effievanity

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  12. I know you probably find Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup really inspiring, but you rip off so many of her phrases and the way she writes, it's unreal!

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    I'm not trying to be mean or highly critical, I just think it's a shame you don't show more of your true self rather than copying Anna's writing style.

    E x


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