Thursday 21 August 2014

Pretty In Pink | My Top 5 Pink Lip Products

Like virtually every other woman on the planet, I seem to have been on the hunt for the perfect pink lippy forever, and whilst on the endless hunt I have come across quite a few that I really love. Unfortunately, since I became vegan I've had to de-stash and have got rid of some of my previous loves, but that only means that there's room for more new products. Yay!

From left to right: B. Vibrant Lip and Cheek Colour, Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick, Barry M Lip Gloss Tube, ELF Moisturising Lipstick, B. Sheer Conditioning Lipstick

B. Vibrant Lip and Cheek Colour in Fandango - £7.99 (currently £6.99)

This is possibly my favourite at the moment, and made its way into my Favourites post back in May. It goes on super glossy but with perfect coverage and last very well for such a light product. What I really love about this twist up crayon is the way it wears off, it wears away evenly so there's no worry of that horrible ring around the outside of your lips and once it's gone you're left with a gorgeous pink stain for hours. The shade is beautiful too, it's a bold fuchsia but not in-your-face-bright and is suitable for both day or night-time wear. If you're into the crayon trend I really don't think you'd be disappointed with this.

Ever since I bought my first one of these Gloss Sticks from a blog sale I have been head-over-heels in love with them, I've worn little else on a day to day basis. The texture is amazing, it is so smooth it's a real pleasure to apply, so much so that I occasionally find myself applying too much simply because I love how it feels. This was my first foray into Soap and Glory make-up and I'm so impressed I've made a rather large wish-list of other things I want to try. Fuchsia-Ristic looks pretty scary in the packaging, almost neon orange, but it couldn't be any different once applied. It ends up being a subtle pink with tons of shine and pretty decent staying power for a gloss. I love that it's not sticky either, usually you have to accept that a gloss is going to be sticky if you want any kind of staying power, but not with this. I really hope that Soap and Glory come out with more shades that are suitable for vegans, I'd own them all!

The first thing that I have to tell you about this lip gloss is the smell, it's to die for! Do you remember eating screw-ball's as a child? To those of you not lucky enough to have experienced them; they're a vanilla ice cream in a plastic cone with a bubble gum ball at the bottom, they basically defined my childhood. Well this lip gloss smells exactly like those! Unfortunately there is no taste, or maybe that's fortunately as I'm sure I'd be licking it off if it tasted as good as it smells. This looks very bright in the tube, but applied it leaves a perfectly shiny subtle pink that can be easily be worn with a very minimal make-up look or something more dramatic. It's not overly sticky and doesn't have the best staying power in the world, but it's the pink gloss that I reach for much more than any other.

This is the brightest of the bunch, but boy, do I love it! It's a fuchsia-bubblegum pink, a shade that I'd normally stay away from, but something about this formula makes it wearable. I will say that you need to exfoliate your lips before applying this lipstick as it can cling to dry patches, but if they're in good condition it will look fabulous. As the name suggests, it is moisturising, so if you're having a bad lip day this would be a great choice. It's blue toned so makes your teeth look whiter and is another one that leaves a gorgeous stain after it's worn away (it's the only one that has stained my arm for hours after doing the swatches!). For the price I really love this range from ELF, especially if you can wait until one of their frequent sales like I did, I picked it up for less than £2!

This lipstick was a total impulse purchase, but it's one that I'm glad I made. The majority of my lipsticks/crayons are fully opaque with bold colour, so it was a surprise to me that I like the sheerness of this so much. It's bright but not too bold and can be worn very sheer for a hint of colour or can easily be built up for a more traditional lipstick look. I'm not overly fond of the packaging though, it doesn't feel very secure and wobbles a bit as you wind it up, but it hasn't broken yet and I've worn it a lot more than you'd think from the photo.

From left to right: B. Vibrant Lip and Cheek Colour, Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker, Barry M Lip Gloss Tube, ELF Moisturising Lipstick, B. Sheer Conditioning Lipstick

As you can see, I'm definitely a bargain shopper when it comes to make-up, but I still like quality along with a good price and I feel that all of these have both of those and more. Thankfully there is so much cruelty-free make-up available in drugstores/on the high street that you don't ever need to spend £25 on a lipstick if you don't want to.

Do you have a favourite pink that you reach for more often than anything else? I'm always looking to add to my collection so feel free to leave me any recommendations in the comments.

P.S.  Don't forget that my competition is still open (at the time of writing this), click here to find out more
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