Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Top 5 Lipsticks for Valentine's Day!

Stumped on what lipstick to wear on Valentine's Day? Look no further! Here are some of my favourite choices and suggestions to suit the occasion for both day and night, casual and glam! Honestly, if you don't have that special someone, treat yourself to the day anyways - because you should love you first!

My Over-Whelming Amount of Choices

So we know that Valentine's Day is coming up in just under a week. And to be honest with with you guys, I have no clue what I'm doing yet but already thinking about what makeup look I wanna put on. So I thought to do to do this post to help me and help you decide on what to wear on your lips for the day of love and romance! In this post, there will be a mixture of different lipsticks that would cater to a day-time or night-time look! Looking at the picture above, I had so many choices and it was just beyond difficult for me to choose which one. If I could, I would wear all of them at once. But no further ado, here are some of my top lippy suggestions for Valentine's day.

1# Laura Mercier Lip Parfait in 'Amaretto Swirl'

Let's start off with my Holy Grail Lipstick! This lip parfait does not disappoint in any way! The formula to this lipstick is just incredible for all lips! I have quite sensitive, slightly dry lips and these are very comfortable to wear throughout the day. The Laura Mercier Lip Parfait are a 3in1 type of lipstick that gives the pigmentation of a regular lipstick, the shine of a lip gloss and the moisturising comfort of lip balm! It is creamy, smooth and vibrant!

I own the shade 'Amaretto Swirl', which is described as a light, pinkish-beige. On my lips, it acts as a pink nude that compliments any eye look that I feel in the mood for. If all fails, I have a habit of reaching for this, as it's always with me no matter the occasion. It's just the perfect lipstick that truly does it all!

2# ColourPop Lippy Stixs

Colourpop gives you so many options when it comes to lippy shades. They have nudes, pinks, mauves, berries, reds, purples... they just have every shade under the rainbow. So I narrowed it down to two particular shades that would look great during the day-time.

Left: Frida (satin)
Right: Bound (glossy)

The formula to these Colourpop stix are just unexpected considering their price. It is creamy, easy to apply and non-drying! There are different finishes, including matte, satin and glossy but in particular, Frida has a satin finish and Bound has a glossy finish. Frida is more suited for a day-time look, while Bound is more wearable for a night-time date. But really, this is just my preferences.

The satin finish stixs are described as a full-coverage, long-wearing and smooth. It provides the lips with a hydrating feeling with a slight shine on the lips. It is very comfortable to wear, but it does slightly transfer - same with the gloss finishes.

The gloss finish stix are different, as they are only medium coverage, moisturising and very buttery on application. It provides the lips with a natural gloss and makes the lips look plumper and have more definition.

Now what's also great about these lippies is that you can create the ombre lips as they blend very nicely while it is setting on the lips. So you have a lot of playtime on application. These stix are just the answers to girls' on a budget, but want to look glam and gorgeous on the day.

3# NudeStix Intense Matte Lip and Cheek Pencils

Now girls, you know I had to mention the NudeStix Intense Matte Lip and Cheek pencils - because right now, these miracle pencils are my everything! They're creamy, smooth, full of vibrance, pigmented and long-wearing! If you would like to know more about these Lip Pencils and see other shades, click here. If you want something reliable, looks good, non-drying and transfer and smudge-free, this is your lipstick!

The shades are described as;
Belle - plum, neutral nude shade
Royal - a classic bold red, almost vintage
Stiletto - red-hot, bright cool-toned red shade

Left to Right: Belle, Stiletto, Royal

I choose these three shades out of the seven I have in my collection is because 'Belle' is just that perfect shade to tie down a bold look, particularly the intense black smokey eye. You want the draw most of the attention to the eyes, while having a lipstick that compliments and bring everything together. But if you're going for a neutral/natural eye look but want some drama, then royal and stiletto would be perfect for just that.

4# L'Oreal Paris New Infallible Matte Fix Lippies

These have not been released yet, but I wanted to include them in this post because they will be releasing later this month and hopefully you guys can grab your hands on these before Valentine's Day, as they're amazing! They are nothing you have seen on the market as L'Oreal have changed the game of lipsticks and have created a powder technology pigment that provides the lips with a subtle to intense pop of colour.

Left to Right: 006 Disturbia, 004 Oops I did it Again, 001 Silenco

It is long-wearing, matte and pigmented! The sponge tip applicator makes it easy to create a lot of different styled lip looks and effects, such as the ombre, gradient or high-intense colour. You can even create sheer wash of colour over the lips by applying less pressure onto the lips. It claims to have a 10-hour wear and is formulated so that it also transfer-proof!

There are 6 shades releasing in-stores later this month and will be priced at $23.95 a stick. I am absolutely in love with 'Silenco' for everyday, but the other shades are just beautiful as well! These are just phenomenal, but wish they had a wider colour range.

5# Maybelline Colour Blur Matte Pencils

The NEW Maybelline Colour Blur Pencils are bringing on a new level of creamy! The duo-ended pencils can create an infinite amount of looks and you can even create different effects with them, very easily! When applying it on the lips, it feels very creamy and soft to the touch. While it is wet, it allows you to smudge it across the lips with the white, soft plastic applicator for a sheer blurred to intense bold lip. If you don't like the plastic smudge, use your finger and will just do the same. Once dried, it gives the lips such a beautiful and vibrant colour that stains.

For a day time look, you can create the classic asian inner gradient lip where you would dab some of the product on the inner part of your lips and use the smudger to blend the colour outward. This would give such a youthful, innocent and subtle hint of colour to your look.

Alternatively, you can create a bold intense matte look and use the smudger to smooth out the product across the lips. Let it settle on the lips for a minute or two and it will give such a strong colour to your overall makeup.

There are 8 vivid, pigmented shades in the range;

Left to Right: Pink Insanity, Fast & Fuchsia, Berry Misbehaved, Orange Ya Glad, Cherry Cherry Bang Bang, Partner to Crimson, Plum Please, I like to Mauve It
The names are just so creatively made! Love it!

These do not streak, nor do they feather on the lips. You will see from the swatches that they have a strong colour payoff and vibrance with full coverage with one swatch. Absolutely another great lip product for the average girl on a budget!

So, I hope this mini suggestion post will help you reach a decision on what lip you want to put on for your date, or just a glam night with your best girlfriends!

Happy Valentine's Day in advance, beauties!

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