KIKO MILANO Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick in Cherry 312.

I absolutely adore make up as I’m sure you have probably guessed by now, so what could be better than receiving a beautiful new gift by a Brand you’ve never tried. One of my closest friends kindly bought me my first KIKO Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick in shade 312 Cherry  – she knows me so well, and I have to say I was definitely not disappointed!

The lipstick is incredibly creamy whilst creating a matte finish and I also is very long lasting, I ate my lunch and had a nap and when I woke up the lipstick was still very prominent. I could have got away with not reapplying it but it feels so nice to wear that I actually wanted to!

The colour is of course my signature go to shade as a vintage girl at heart – red! It is the perfect Bombshell colour, a blue toned intense red that creates a statement and works perfectly with classic winged eyeliner and rosy cheeks. I feel like I’ve traveled right from the 1950s!

As soon as I opened the package I noticed the lipstick was shaped in a square tip format, similar to Charlotte Tilbury’s which I also love. I think this is such a great idea as it makes applying the lipstick so much easier and helps with the shaping and contouring the outline of the lips. It can sometimes be quite daunting applying a bold lip colour as you never know how easy it will be to put on but the square tip design is just as good as using a lip brush.

The lipstick comes in a gold and silver packaging which contrast beautifully together and make the product extra bold and eye catching. From memory I can’t think of any other lipstick designed like this which makes it stand out even more and now I want to add more to my collection! There’s also a great variety of shades available, with 19 other lipsticks in the collection ranging from beautiful nudes to shocking purples, therefore providing for everyone.

At £10.90, the lipstick is in the mid price range, not super expensive but not extremely cheap and not one you might be able to afford to buy every week. I personally think the product is definitely worth the money, it’s a beautiful quality and long lasting lipstick, Plus, the case has a magnetic closure, meaning it can’t accidentally be left open or get lost, which is always an extra bonus!

If you like to apply a lip pencil first to create a base and add definition then you’re in luck, all the lipstick colours match the KIKO Ever Lasting Colour Precision Lip Pencils! Therefore you won’t have any mismatching problems and if you can’t be bothered to wear both – you can always use one or the other and get the same look.

The only downside to KIKO – and it’s technically a compliment, is that as far as I’m aware there isn’t a store near where I live, which is such a shame as I’m sure I’d be a regular customer! However, I can order online and free shipping is offered,  so don’t worry if there isn’t a store near you, there is a silver lining.

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Charlotte Tilbury The Queen Lipstick.

Today I will be reviewing my third Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and an online exclusive rightfully called – The Queen. I’ve been a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s products from the moment I saw their incredibly aesthetically pleasing brand in John Lewis, it really is a vintage girls dream. However, I’ve yet to branch out to any of the other products available as I’m absolutely obsessed with lipsticks, but from what I’ve seen all of the make up looks just as impressive and I can’t wait to try it!

I came across this lipstick purely through luck, I was browsing on my laptop and an advert popped up showing my dream lipstick, therefore my first introduction to Charlotte Tilbury’s The Queen! The luck continued to be with me as my Birthday was coming up, so I knew what I’d be asking for and as you probably guess by this post – my beautiful mum did not disappoint!

This colour is one of my signature favourite shades, a hot pink with a touch of red making it impossible to blend in and creating an iconic pout. The lipstick was actually created to pay homage to Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, (hence the name) and was inspired by The Crown Jewels, I definitely think she would approve. This product is part of Charlotte’s Matte Revolution Collection and is incredibly long lasting and bold, you are definitely buying a quality lipstick! Not only does it look and feel great on your lips but it also hydrates and protects them with tree and orchid extract.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post featuring my first Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick, the product is shaped into a square tip which is perfect for defining your lips. The tip is actually designed to create the illusion of a lipstick brush and makes the application process a lot easier, especially if you don’t have one.

At £23, this lipstick is definitely in the higher end price range, but I really think it’s worth the money. The quality of the product is truly stunning, not only is it long lasting and moisturizing for your lips, it also looks absolutely gorgeous. My favourite part of the lipstick has the be the vintage style packaging, I adore the rose gold case and I think its so iconic and such a statement design. 

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Five Perfect Autumn Lipstick Shades.

Paraphrasing the wise words of George R. R. Martin – Autumn Is Coming! Actually, to be pretty frank, it’s well and truly here and apart from the orange leaves and snuggling in front of the fire, what else could be better than choosing the perfect shades of lipstick?

To suit the Season, I find the perfect shades to wear are usually purples, burgundies or anything fairly dark, so after finally being inspired by Laura – I’m going to share with you guys my Top Five shades. However, it’s all about being comfortable and happy with yourself so if the colours aren’t for you then that’s okay, it’s just my personal opinion.

My first lipstick recommendation has to be MAC’s Up The Amp – a purple shade with an amplified finish. I think this colour is perfect for Autumn weather due to it’s vibrant intense purple fitting perfectly with the cool and windy weather. I also believe this shade suits all types of skin tones and is suitable for everyone to try due to it being quite versatile.  On the website the lipstick is described as a, “Lavender Violet“. However, I feel it is more intense than the image shown, the shade is definitely very bold and stands out. At £15.50 this product comes in at the medium to high end price range but as a lot of my lipsticks are from MAC, I can definitely say they are worth the money and are very good quality.

Next up is NYX’s Cherry Skies – to me, this colour is the signature shade for Autumn due to it’s rusty burgundy tone. It is a deep matte red in liquid lipstick formula and is only £6.50, which comes in towards the cheaper price range and it is definitely worth your money. I actually think that NYX’s Liquid Lipsticks are better than some of the high end products out there, they stay on and are lasting! This shade is an absolute show stopper – a statement bold you can’t miss me red and because of this it may be intimidating to some. However, if you’re a red lipstick lover like me, it’s definitely worth branching out and giving it a try! I feel this colour is a perfect compliment to the rusty orange and red leaves of Autumn and has a very 1920s vintage vamp feel.

My third must have shade for Autumn is MAC’s Twig, described on their website as a, “Soft Muted Brownish-Pink” which I think sums the colour up perfectly. Although, I do think once again the lipstick looks slightly lighter than it actually is, it is definitely darker than pictured. The finish for Twig is Satin, which is a glossy texture so it looks quite shiny, however I feel the colour stays and if this bothers you than a lip pencil can always be used to make it last – I use Hover. This shade is not too bold but definitely isn’t a nude lipstick, so if you want a subtle look than this isn’t really for you. Personally, I prefer to go for a bolder colour in the colder season and pink coral shades for the warmer weather.

Number four is Rimmel’s Glam Plum Fulham in 470, which is an intense purple-burgundy shade with a glossy finish. After not wearing this colour for a while I decided to apply it today, so I could review it for this post and at first I was pretty shocked with how bold it was. I was almost unsure if this shade suited me at first because it stood out so much but once I’d finished applying I loved the end result. At £6.49 this lipstick is nearer the cheaper priced products but once again I found the quality to be long lasting even with the glossy texture. The product is described as a “Moisture Renew” lipstick and I can definitely say that after wearing this all day my lips have not felt dry and I’ve not needed to reapply it either.

Last but not least is probably one of the most popular lipsticks around; MAC’s Velvet Teddy. With Kylie Jenner setting the nude trend for lipsticks on fire, this soon became the top selling shade in MAC’s Collection so of course,  I had to find out what the fuss was all about. Velvet Teddy is described as a, “Deep Tone Beige” with a matte finish and I would pretty much agree with that description. The colour looks like the perfect shade for autumn and it’s not too nude, it actually has a proper brownish tint to it and doesn’t drain your face. The only problem is this lipstick is extremely popular so it may take a few trips to MAC before you actually come home with one.

I hope you enjoyed my Five Perfect Autumn Lipstick Shades and they inspire you to update your look and try something new. There are so many amazing colours out there to make your own!

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NYX Liquid Suede Cream Cherry Skies Lipstick.

As I mentioned in my last post, not only did I buy one NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – I bought two, which couldn’t be anymore different from one another; Pink Lust and Cherry Skies.

Sticking with my favourite shade to wear – red, I decided to try and branch out from the obvious blue tone 1950s classics and went for one that was extremely dark. The lipstick instantly reminded me of a 1920s vampy shade that a femme fatale such as Louise Brooks or Theda Bara would have worn. It was so bold and daring and would definitely stand out, so I decided this was the one to try.

I also thought it would be wise to buy a lip pencil to apply under the liquid lipstick and therefore make it last longer, so I chose the closest shade I could find aptly titled, Dark Red. I only  realized once I’d got home that the lip pencil was a retractable one which, although a great idea, over the years I’ve had many that snapped fairly easily. However, my apprehension was entirely unnecessary as the lip pencil worked wonderfully and didn’t break! So I’d definitely recommend the NYX Mechanical Lip Pencils. It’s refreshing to be able to actually use  a pencil and not be fearful of pressing too much encase it snaps, plus, no sharpener is needed!

When applying the liquid lipstick I soon realized that with this shade and product, less is definitely more! I also learned that it was extremely important for me not to rush and take my time as the colour is so bold and obvious any messes would clearly stand out. As I started to apply the lipstick I actually felt a bit intimidated and anxious as to how it would actually look on me. Before the product dried it was almost black and although I love being bold with lipsticks, I definitely don’t think I’m ready to try something so stand out just yet. I can’t pull it off like Kylie Jenner that’s for sure!

However, as soon as the liquid had transformed into a matte lipstick I was very happy with the shade, it was different but still ultimately a classic vintage colour – just what I aim for! All I really needed was a blunt bob and I could have almost pretended I was a 1920s Flapper, well, maybe not but it’s always nice to have an imagination, right?

I did notice that this shade didn’t seem to last as long as Pink Lust, the lipstick I reviewed in my previous post. The only conclusion I can come up with is because it’s such a bold colour and contrasts so much with my actual lip colour, it must be more noticeable. Either way, this is only the first time I’ve worn this lipstick so I’m sure a bit of patience and practice will help to improve it.

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Rosie For Autograph Lipstick in Dolly Baby.

After watching Lisa Eldridge’s Make Up Tutorial with Rosie featuring her Rosie For Autograph Make Up Collection, I was inspired to try some of the products myself. Ironically, I just happened to be in Marks & Spencer today and decided to take a look at the products and I was very impressed!

They are all packaged beautifully in a rose gold finish which reminded me of Charlotte Tilbury’s Make up and it’s definitely one of my favourite styles as it reminds me of Classic Hollywood! I  also read that Rosie’s Collection is inspired by her love of vintage which makes me very happy as a huge vintage lover myself.

I picked up one of her lipsticks in the shade, “Dolly Baby” as it was the most vibrant shade and the pink coral colour was reminiscent of what vintage stars wore in 1950s Technicolour Movies. The other shades were mostly nudes and browns and as Rosie’s signature style is a natural golden look I just assumed these were the only colours available. At £15 the price is not too expensive, but it’s not the cheapest product either, however I don’t mind paying a bit more for a quality product. However, I was happily surprised to see on her website that there are also vibrant reds and pinks which are my favourite shades to wear.

The lipstick applied lovely, it’s a sheen glossy based formula but very pigmented so I’m hoping it’s long lasting, I’ve read it is so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. I think coral pinks are perfect for the Spring and Summer season as they bring so much warmth to your face! Not only is the lipstick a quality product but it is cruelty free so no animals were harmed and it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Therefore I’m sure this will make Rosie’s Collection even more respected and popular with a large audience.

Furthermore, what’s great about this lipstick is it doesn’t feel dry on your lips, probably because it’s enriched with argan oil so don’t feel guilty for choosing your lipstick over vaseline! I absolutely love the beautiful rose carved into the lipstick, the extra detail is so unique and such a beautiful statement. If I could try one thing from the collection I’d definitely pick the Liquid Eyeliner as it has a very fine tip and looks wonderful for perfecting the cat eye flick. I  can’t wait to look through all of the products available and review them in the future, the collection truly oozes class and elegance.

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! The last couple of days have been unusually busy for me, hence the late post – so I do apologize! It’s so surreal to think in just a couple of days we will be starting a new year! Time is flying so fast, this year has definitely been a mix of emotions for me, the first half was pretty good  and the second half, well not so good. Therefore, I’m hoping that next year shall be a lot kinder.

I got a beautiful dress from the Myleene Klass Very Collection to wear for Christmas Day and I absolutely love it. It’s very 1950s and floral – definitely my favourite style! It’s now in the sale for just £41.50.

I was very lucky to receive such lovely presents this year and straight away I took photos of my new make up as I simply had to share them with you all! I actually chose the lipsticks a couple of weeks ago with my mum, but this was the first time I was going to see them properly and try them out – what could be better?!

The two lipsticks I got are by brands I’ve not used before, Charlotte Tilbury and Lancome and they are absolutely beautiful!

After creating one of my favourite colours, a rusty red, by mixing a coral red and brown/nude lipstick together I was determined to find an actual lipstick similar to that shade. The shade I thought came closest was L’absolu Rouge in Rouge Rayonnant in 47.

What I especially love about this lipstick is the shape of the lipstick, I’ve not got any like it! It’s a distinct oval shape which is perfect for defining your lips and the quality of the lipstick is so smooth and hydrating! I actually felt if I wanted I could apply the lipstick without a lip brush due to it’s shape. The colour is a glossy vibrant rusty red and perfect for all vintage lovers, it’s definitely one of my favourites – I’ve worn it twice already!

I also adore the packaging, you truly do get your moneys worth with quality products, that definitely cannot be denied. The black and gold packaging is so complimentary and gives the lipstick such a classic feel, it also looks extra lovely with the silver covering box. I definitely can’t wait to purchase more products from Lancome, especially their Doll Eyes Mascara – I’ve wanted to try it for so long!

The second lipstick I got was Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in Lost Cherry, which is a beautiful matte redish pink, another classic colour for vintage lovers. I actually stumbled across this lipstick unintentionally, as soon as I walked past the make up stand I was in complete awe! This brand has such an Old Hollywood vibe to it, with lots of references to stars, one lipstick was even called So Marilyn – which is on my wish list!

The packaging is simply stunning, I feel like I’ve just picked up the lipstick out of a 1950s boudoir! You can’t really tell in the photos, but the container is tinted a beautiful shiny pink, so unique! The shape of the lipstick is even more unusual, I love trying different styles of lipsticks and this is definitely a must because the square tip is such a good idea! What’s even more amazing about the lipstick is the texture is matte, but your lips feel so hydrated and it glides on so smoothly. I look forward to posting about more Charlotte Tilbury products in the future!

I also got a No.7 Lash Impact Mascara and I cannot get enough of the packaging! For the last couple of years this seems to be available at Boots near the cash counters at Christmas and I’ve always loved it because of the vibrant glittery red  colour – it’s so unique! Although I wasn’t as impressed by this mascara as Benefit’s Roller Lash, it’s great for the price and I really like to use it on my lower lashes.

Lastly I got a new bottle of my favourite perfume – Chanel No.5! It’s such an iconic perfume and obviously incredibly popular because of a certain someone called Marilyn. Although it’s not for everyone, it’s definitely for vintage lovers and definitely makes me feel closer to my favourite star! Plus it’s my favourite number! It’s very expensive though, definitely one to get for your Birthday or Christmas or in the January Sales!

Speaking of Chanel, I just have to take a moment to say how much I adore the new No.5 advert! It’s directed by one of my favourites, Baz Lurhmann and I think the cover of You’re The One That I Want by Lo-Fang is just stunning.

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Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers & Bourjois Rouge Edition 41 Lipstick.

You guessed it, this post is about my favourite thing – lipsticks! Today I’ll be reviewing my latest purchases, two lip shimmers from Burt’s Bees and a red lipstick from Bourjois!

I’ve always adored the packaging of Bourjois and I’ve used a few of their products over the years,  but I’ve not got many of their lipsticks. However, that will definitely change after trying my latest buy, Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 41. Apparently the shade is called Pink Catwalk, although as far as I’m aware I couldn’t see the name, just the number on the product. Plus, this lipstick is definitely not an obvious pink, to me it’s a classic 1950s red, so I personally don’t think the name, although very sweet, really suits the shade. Another beautiful shade, 42, is a pinker shade.

For some reason I usually go to Maybelline, L’Oreal or Rimmel when I’m looking for make up in Boots or Superdrug, I assume it’s because I’ve used their brands the most often. However, I think the quality of Bourjois lipsticks are absolutely beautiful, what I love most about the lipstick is it’s curved shape, it is perfect to outline and shape your lips and it glides on extremely smoothly. I don’t think I’ve got any lipstick shaped quite like it! I also appreciate the simplicity of the packaging, I think it’s lovely how the shade of the lipstick can be seen even before opening it. Therefore, I would definitely recommend trying out a Bourjois lipstick!

The other products I purchased were from Holland and Barrett, a healthy living store. I know you can buy Burt’s Bees products online but this is the only shop I personally know where you can buy them from. If anyone else knows of any then please, let me know! I’ve always wanted to try Burt’s Bees and today was finally the chance! I decided to try the lip shimmers in shades, Peony and Rhubarb, I thought I might as well try two, especially as there was a buy one get one half price offer!

Peony is a subtle nude goldish shade and Rhubarb is a hot pink redish shade. I was going to try the shade Cherry, although it sadly wasn’t as vibrant as I’d hoped for. The packaging is so adorable and very pretty with the shade of the lip shimmer being placed on each case. As a lipstick lover, I think I would be better suited to trying the tinted lip balm as I assume they would be longer lasting.

The lip shimmers are lovely, but quite subtle and the lighter shade, Peony, needed quite a few applications to be noticeable. However, I do think they would be nice to apply on top of a lipstick. If you like the smell of mint, then you’re in for a treat, they give off a wonderful scent. The only downside to the lip shimmers is that after twisting the container, I couldn’t twist it back down, so I had to slightly push it, which was nerve wracking as I didn’t want to damage the product.

Overall I was very happy with all three products and would happily use both brands again, although I think lipsticks are definitely my preferred choice!

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L’Oreal Color Riche Matte 131 Mistinguette Lipstick.

What could be better than receiving a surprise gift in the mail from a beautiful friend!? Well, that’s what happened to me yesterday and not only did I get a beautiful Postcard, I got an absolutely stunning lipstick! I knew straight away that I had to share this with you all!

The lipstick itself is a L’Oreal Color Riche Matte called Mistinguette in 131, it’s truly a unique colour – I’ve not got another lipstick like it! It’s a warm hot pink almost coral shade and it’s absolutely stunning.  Not only is the shade beautiful, but the lipstick itself goes on so smoothly, it’s a matte finish but almost has a glossy texture – just wonderful and long lasting!

To me it’s simply classic colour and perfect to wear for any occasion. A lot of the lipsticks worn in the 1950s were actually a pinkish shade as that was the only way for the shade to look red on Technicolor. Red wasn’t the only shade to wear, stars like Diana Dors and Jayne Mansfield often wore pink! It actually reminds me of the lipstick Elizabeth Taylor wears in her Oscar Winning Role, BUtterfield 8 in 1960.


I absolutely adore the gold packaging too, I’m such a fan of gold cased lipsticks as they remind me of the vintage ones from the 1940s and 1950s! Plus, it sure makes the product stand out and is very complimentary to the shade of lipstick. I’ve always thought L’Oreal was a wonderful brand, I’ve got quite a few of their products and I definitely intend to get more!

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MAC Dita Von Teese Lipstick.

If I had to choose a favourite Make Up Brand for Lipsticks and Lip Pencils, it would without a doubt be MAC. I’ve been using their lipsticks for years and I absolutely adore them. To be fair, the normal packaging isn’t the most glamorous  but, the quality of their lipsticks are absolutely wonderful and the sleek classic container is pretty iconic. All of their lipsticks have a variety of finishes; matte, satin, frost and amplified to name a few. Also, MAC often collaborate with celebrities and bring out beautiful collections such as MAC Viva Glam, which donate their proceeds to the MAC Aids Fund.

Therefore, I may have almost cried with joy when I saw on Dita Von Teese’s Instagram that she was collaborating with MAC to celebrate the release of her new beauty book; Your Beauty Mark. Dita is a huge fan of Old Hollywood like myself and so there was no doubt what shade her lipstick was going to be – red!

The lipstick is a blue tone red with a matte finish and Dita’s signature adorned onto the package as well as stamped onto the actual lipstick! It truly is a one of a kind and a classic red lipstick like no other! Furthermore, if you think the lipstick itself is beautiful – just wait until you see packaging! A stunning photo of Dita wearing the lipstick is imprinted onto the cover, unlike any of the other MAC lipstick packages which are usually sleek and simple. This is one case I intend to keep forever and ever!

Like all MAC lipsticks, the product goes on smooth and produces a lovely matte but vibrant finish, I didn’t even have to use a lip pencil before I applied it as it lasted for hours. Actually, as I’m writing this it’s still on now! Granted, it’s far from perfect as I’ve eaten a lot but, everyone would realize I was wearing red lipstick!

Sadly, with all MAC products and especially special collections, they sell out – and fast! I’ve just checked the UK website and the lipstick is sold out on there. However, considering it’s been such a success I wouldn’t be surprised if they restocked in time for Christmas and I’m sure they will pop up on ebay, so fear not!

I recommend this to all lipstick lovers, anyone who wants to stand out and step out of their comfort zone and to all modern day vintage girls like myself! I really hope MAC continue to work with Dita, she is an absolute Beauty Icon!

As for my outfit today I decided to go for an oldie but goodie, a River Island dress I got off my mum for my 20th Birthday! I hadn’t worn it for quite a while, as you can probably guess – it’s not a day to day kind of dress. But I love the velour material, it almost looks like the dress is metallic, I haven’t got any other clothes like it! My favourite thing about the dress is the wrap effect detail, it’s such a simple but beautiful touch!

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Creating Your Own Lipstick Colour.

After seeing Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957) last week, I was determined to find a Rusty Red shade lipstick which she wore in the film. I started searching google for photos and to my shock  realized that even though I own a million red lipsticks – I don’t have a Rusty Red shade!

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957)
Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957)

Therefore, I came to the realization that instead of buying a new one, for now I would mix my own shade. The credit for this goes to Marilyn and her Make Up Artist/Friend Allan “Whitey” Snyder who was known to mix multiple shades of lipstick to create Marilyn’s signature pout.

Marilyn Monroe by Milton Greene in Bus Stop (1956)
Marilyn Monroe by Milton Greene in Bus Stop (1956)

Looking through pictures of Marilyn, I realized that not only did she like to wear her signature blue toned red, she too also wore a Rusty Red shade, most noticeably in her 1956 film, Bus Stop. Who could be more inspiring than Marilyn and Audrey?!

I decided to use a red lipstick in a coral shade and a brownish nude shade, choosing; Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 12 and MAC’S Twig. Sadly I don’t think 12 is available to buy anymore, but there are some pretty similar shades such as 37 and 110.

To create this look I used my Real Techiques Retractable Lip Brush for the best application.  Firstly, I applied a layer of MAC’S Twig for the base of my lip colour, after applying Twig I added Rimmel’s Lasting Finish in 12. After blending the two colours together, I found that the shade was more predominantly red then brown so I added another layer of Twig. 

After just these three steps I now was wearing a red shade of lipstick that I do not yet own – Rusty Red! I’m definitely going to mix lipstick shades together more often, it’s so fun to see what you can create!

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