Review: Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in Blackberry

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So, after my discussion on Friday about falling in love with makeup again, it only seems right to meet the product that inspired me to play with and enjoy makeup again the Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in the shade Blackberry, something fitting as it turns into Autumn. Per the Collection Website the Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream is a “Moisturising liquid lip cream, leaves a matter velvet finish on the lips without drying them.” Not a huge claim or promise but it retails for a mere £2.99, from Boots, Superdrug and even your local supermarket so how does this shape up.

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Let just start with the colour isn’t it just stunning, a beautiful well blackberry purple perfect for the autumn winter months when you want to embrace the berry lips in a fun way. I know purple is not necessarily a standard for my pale skin tone but I wanted something fun and slightly different really. Basically, I love the shade on and off the lips and I wonder why I never tried it before.

Unfortunately pass the beautiful colour I have to say my feelings are fairly mixed. For application, it’s not too difficult but can be a little patchy so you need to work a little bit to ensure its not streaky. The formula dries and sets quickly though so you can get on with your life fairly quickly, it’s not a liquid lipstick that stays tacky for hours.

The collection lip cream makes no promises to be long lasting, although I always feels as though long lasting comes in line with having a lip cream. This is definitely not long lasting by 10am on a work day it was patchy and completely gone from the middle, causing me to reapply, this was without a coffee or a drink on a hectic morning with nothing comping into contact with it. For the first reapplication, it goes over the top fine but after that you really need to take it off, start again and make sure my lips are clean and dry. Which has proven to be a pain, and after a morning of keeping up with my lipstick which you must with such a bold colour my lips were dry and uncomfortable.

 

I think it’s a shame how poor this venture turned out, I had high hopes for the Collection Lip Cream and thought it would be a great alternative option for lip creams but it turned out not to be so. I love the colour, and I’m glad I tried it but I think for now if you want a Matte Lip Cream I would just go for the NXY line which I have love all 3 shades I have purchased in the past. Keep your eyes peeled as I will be trying out a Rimmel London Matte Lip Cream in the coming weeks, which I am excited to try. Let me know what matte lip products you love in the comments and if you want to see more reviews for matte lip colours check out my reviews for the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in 08 San Paulo, 19 Cannes and 20 Copenhagen.

Gwen

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September Collective Haul

I’m back everyone! Did you miss me? Probably not but regardless I’m back after having to take some time out to look after my mum, we are getting there and I am now going to start getting back into blogging. So, I am easing myself in with a little collective haul.

Primark: I love a bit of Primark, also purchasing a pair of heels which is not showcased here. I haven’t purchased any Primark clothes recently as I am trying to show restraint not buying what I don’t need. At the end of October me and my friend are having a week away staying in a variety of Air Bnb and hotels, so I picked up a pair of Love to Lounge Grey Footlets (£3.00) for when I want to be comfortable but don’t necessarily want to walk around bare foot like I would do at home. They are super handy and pack small, so seem like a no brainer and I can wear them when I get home, these also have structural integrity so shouldn’t slip off my feet all the time like the fluffy Primark ones tend to do. Also for the trip I picked up some PS Micellar Cleansing Water (£0.90), I’ve previously used the full size version and it’s not a bad product saving room in my bag. If you want to see my review of the PS Micellar Water you can check it out here

September Collective Haul - Collection Velvet Kiss

ASDA: After thinking about it for a little while, something took hold of me and I felt like I needed to own a purple lipstick. So I went for the affordable route just in case it wasn’t my colour or my thing, and I also wanted to try something different with the Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in Blackberry (£2.98). Fingers crossed this goes well as I am apprehensive about such a dark/bold colour. (Not Photographed, opss)

September Collective Haul - Superdrug Makeup

Superdrug: Seems like everywhere was doing 3 for 2 on makeup in September but I prefer the flexibility offered with Superdrug as it offers it across all makeup brands. So I took advantage of the offer and picked up some bits I actually needed for once. First and most important was the Collection Primed and Ready Invisible Setting Powder in 01 (£3.99 free), which is fast becoming my favourite powder for setting my makeup and using as a base it keeps my skin looking flawless. Just before going shopping I just had to throw out of my mascaras, I can never resist trying something different and I felt like trying a new L’Oreal Paris mascara so on a whim I picked up the L’Oreal Paris Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara in Black (£7.99). The third item I picked up was the Barry M It’s a Brow Thing Shape and Define Brow Powder in Medium (£4.99), I just felt like trying something different for my brows so keep your eyes peeled letting you know how I got on.

September Collective Haul - Fluke

Waterstones: I have brought a book in ages, physical or digital, as I was re-reading what I had but I was having a spendy day and just felt like it really. Fluke by Joseph Mazur (£9.99) has been on my list for a while as I prefer those smart thinking books. So next month I’m going to stop looking at my screen before bed and start reading more.

I also picked up a yoga matt, some cute heels and fun headphones all of which I’d used before getting round to photographing as I just seem to excited to use the items and they aren’t the easiest to store before photographing. I’ll get back into the swing of photography and writing soon but it’s been a busy month and I will be trying to get back into the swing of things throughout October, I have a lot planned so hopefully I can get over the hump and get back into creating posts I love.

Gwen

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Review: Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

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From 12 months ago never really using a NXY product to becoming pretty certain that at some point my entire lip collection may become NXY products, is insane. The big part of this is the fact NXY launched in Boots during the summer of 2016 before making it a much more accessible brand in the UK. I am yet to try any other products in the NXY line but this is my third NXY Soft Matter Lip Cream.

This time I selected a more natural colour, the others I have are very different you can see my reviews for the other two on my blog. I’ve previously tried the deep red/ vampy shade Copenhagen as well as a bright-ish pink called San Paulo. This time I picked up a natural but deep-ish shade, so carry on if you wish to find out how I got on with the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes.

I have to say until now I never understood why people complained about the Soft Matte Lip Creams the previous two I have had are absolutely amazing this one left me wanting more really. Although more comfortable on the lips than Copenhagen and San Paulo, the staying power really isn’t there. Within hours the colour is patchy and faded and this occurs even when I am not eating or drinking, where the others last with minimal wear on the lips. I found myself reapplying every two hours and it is simply a pain compared to the others. Fortunately with these been a more natural colour, and the staining properties I have found that it probably doesn’t look quite as bad as some of the others when it fades.

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The lesson learnt here is to simply that this line is clearly hit or miss, I’ve had two excellent ones, while Cannes has proved to be so-so. The product is not necessarily bad but compared to what I know this line can be I am disappointed. This is simply a case of checking out reviews and reading about before had to check how these once compares.

Gwen

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Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I’ve been pushing myself to wear lipstick and push myself to wear stuff outside my makeup comfort zone, you can check out my journey so far in my Lipstick diaries (find the first part “A Love Hate Relationship”, and the follow up “Pushing the Boundaries”), and thank you for all the support on this journey. At some point, I decided to push myself in at the deep end and buy the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, so how did I find it.

I’ve heard mixed review about the lip cremes more for a hit and miss formula, but the colour was so beautiful I couldn’t resist. With NXY been a recent launch in the UK I ordered this from Feel Unique  (check out my haul here), but had never actually swatched it as the NXY counters in Boots are only just starting to stretch across the country. So, I went in a bit blind but was so happy to give it a go.

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I must say I love the packaging, although its simple and there is nothing special I love the velvety matte sort of finish of the lid its nothing much but it makes the product feels like a little touch of luxury even though it isn’t really. I’m also so glad this is a doe foot applicator; it is easy to use and apply an even coat all over the lips, As soon as I got it I had to swatch and play, it’s such a deep rich colour that you could wear a thin layer and make it more red or apply a slightly thicker coat and get a darker more vampy shade. Which I found to be a pleasant surprise, I never expected diversity with a product like this although how thick you apply it obviously makes a difference to the drying time. A thin coat with dry in about a minute, drying matte and dry while a thick coat with take two/three minutes to dry and leaves a slight tacky feeling that you won’t generally feel just mainly when you press you lips together.

So, the first day I wore it I went in at the deep end and wore it to work, if I didn’t I might never have done it and it was the best way to get some honest opinions. I work with a lovey group of girls, but they are also honest and will just bluntly let you know if something looks good or not. I was so please to get loads of complements on it. Wearing it to work also provided a good wear test, as you drink coffee, chat and eat lunch as well as the length of time you can wear as well as reapplication it is the perfect wear test as you must commit to the full work day.

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I must say it wears well, there is minimal transfer onto a mug when it dries and is definitely long lasting. The main place it wears off first is in the middle, this is mainly due to eating and drinking which is not unexpected if I used a straw and didn’t eat it could last hours. It also doesn’t crack so you’ve got no patchiness of unpleasant wear on the lips. I will say as the day wears long it starts to feel drying, I definitely couldn’t commit to matte everyday.

Overall this is a beautiful long lasting lipstick which I have fallen head over heels in love with, so much so that I now regret not going bold longer ago. Are there any other colours in the range you think I should try? Also let me know your favourite lip cremes or liquid lipsticks in the comments below.

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Day 94: Top Lip Products Under £10

So I’m starting off this top drugstore make up week by starting off with my favourite drugstore Lip Products. Essentially all the lip sticks, lip glosses and lip balms I love from the drug store. (Products will be ordered in price order from cheapest to most expensive

 MUA Lipstick in Bare

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I own loads of the MUA lipsticks now, but this is by far my favourite. Its a  simple nude tone that is perfect for any occasion or make up look, its a fairly matt finish and just ties up a simple look. The only thing is that it isn’t that moisturising therefore balm will need to be worn underneath. The best thing is the price at only £1.00 a lipstick you can experiment and build your collection easily. Available from Superdrug and the MUA store for £1.00.

Body Shop Born Lippy Stick Lip Balm in Pomegranate

 18I’m a big lover of lip balms and the body shop, so this one is obvious. A highly moisturising, beautiful smelling lip balm with a slight tint to it, ideal for any make up kit or bag. It smell so delicious you could eat it and they have no shortage of yummy favourites will definitely make sure my supply is stocked up. Available from the Body Shop for £3.00.

MUA Luxe Lip Lacquer in Tranquility

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These had a odd texture to get used to but have amazing colours and are extremely long lasting. Check out my few review of the MUA Luxe Lip Lacquer here. Available in Superdrug stores and from the MUA Store for £3.00.

Barry M Cor Balmy in Adam and Eve

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This I have used pretty much everyday since I bought it and I have regularly mentioned it in current make up routine posts and make up kit posts. Read the full review here. Available at Superdrug for £3.49.

Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter

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For when your lips need some serious TLC, opt for the Body Shop Lip Butters unfortunately I am currently all out and will definitely be buying some before the winter weather well and truly sets in. I’m in love with all of the pink grapefruit range as it isn’t too sickly sweet and is really fresh smelly. There is no chapped lipped situation I have had that hasn’t been repaired but this. Available from the Body Shop for £4.00.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Nova

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This was my statement lip colour of the summer, a beautiful bright girly pink. The apocalips colours come in a stunning range of colours and it has a beautiful moisturising formula for a full review look here. Available at Boots for £6.49 and Superdrug for £5.99.

Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Just Peachy

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And finally Tanya Burrs lipgloss, this is relatively new to my collection and I’ve fallen head over heels in love with it. A beautiful neutral colour thats smooth and moisturising, plus another bonus it isn’t that sticky although I doubt nothing will ever stop my boyfriend moaning about lip gloss. All the youtubers love it and it isn’t a bias towards a friend it is an amazing product. Available from Superdrug for £6.99 £4.66.

What are your favourite budget beauty lip buys?

Love

Gwenllian Branwen

xox

Day 39: Rimmel London Apocalips First Impression

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So I brought this on Tuesday, so check out yesterdays haul post. I heard so much hype and love for these and thought I might as well give it a go myself.

So first up it has a doe foot applicator but unlike most others it has a little indent in which the lip gloss can sit meaning you tend to pick up enough product to cover your lips and the way in which it is applied leaves a full unstreaky finish. Also it doesn’t feel too greasy, so is pleasant to wear. Although the glossy look doesn’t  last long it has a a good stain so therefore the colour lasts most of the day.

It smells like a fruity green cross that kind of reminds me of cucumbers and I have no idea why.

Overall, I do like this and will continue to use it, although I may post a full review at a later a date but first impressions I’m highly impressed.

Have you tried Rimmels Apocalips and what  do you think of it?

Love
Gwenllian Branwen
xox
 

Day 34: MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer Review

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Smooch your way to red carpet glamour with MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers. Long – lasting and kiss proof, these intense formulas come in five rich, vampy shades. Encased in chic frosted glass packaging, these lacquers glide on with the ease of a gloss, drying in seconds into a matte velvety texture. They are the ultimate make-up bag must have.

I’ve been wanting to try one of these out for absolute ages but I’m not one for bright bold lips opting for bigger eyes over lips but when I saw this I definitely could not resist. I hadn’t ever seen it online either on the MUA site itself or Superdrug so was super excited when I saw it.

So here is my little review on MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Tranqulity.

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To start off I simple adore the packaging it looks so more expensive that it actually is. Personally I think the gold lettering on the black looks really sophisticated, but I am a little weary that over time it may rub off. I also love the frosted glass effect allowing you to see the colour but it doesn’t look cheap as often cheaper brands have clear plastic. I just think the packaging makes it look way more expensive than the £3.00 I paid for it.

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Now the colour is a lovely pinky nude, which as I was looking at it reminded me of the other nude MUA lipstick that I own. In the picture above on the left is my MUA lipstick in Shade 14 bare while on the right is my new velvet lip lacquer in Tranquility, so although they are not identical they are very similar in shade so will more be worn dependant on final look and how long you want it to last.

So I wasn’t sure what to expect when I put it on, its a little doe foot applicator, it goes on a bit like a gloss and is extremely pigmented and then it takes a little while to dry. It feels really really weird once its dried and I think it will take a while for me to get used to the feeling and texture but I really like the finished effect.

Finally the drink and eat test. I was so amazed by the lasting power of this lip laqucer it lasted all day through drinking and eating I was so amazed and it didn’t come off or fade until I took it off with my make up wipes. However, on a little side note as I road tested this on a day when I was out and about where I drank coffee out of the plastic lid disposable coffee cups so it might not be as thoroughly tested as it could be.

Overall I do think this product is worth the hype and definitely worth the £3.00. I was really impressed and highly recommend checking this one out.

MUA Luxe Lip Lacquers are available from MUA’s Online Store and Superdrug.

Love
Gwenllian Branwen
xox

Note: These new colours got added to the MUA website a few days ago so you can now purchase the more neutral and lighter every pink lip lacquers online here.