There are tons and tons of lipstick shades to chose from, all the way from nudes, your lips but better, and the ones that are like “Hello, look at me and my beautiful bold lips”. I think, as woman we all agree that the more lipsticks, the merrier. However, there are two lipsticks that every woman should have in her makeup bag: the nude and the bold. My favorite holy grail nude lipstick is the NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok. Bangkok is this warm toned pink-y nude that just blew me away. I want to buy like a few backups just in case one day, it suddenly gets discontinued. It’s perfect to pair with a smokey eye, it will take you through work, through lunches, or it’s perfect for a girls day out. On the opposite end of the spectrum is MAC’s Rebel. Now this one is a cult favorite for a reason. It is this gorgeous purple-y bold lip color that looks good on everyone. Bold lips are the perfect way to seem “put together” when you’re really not in the mood to look presentable but have to anyway (you know what I mean?) Also, this one is great for those down days, I don’t know what it is about bold lips that just makes you feel instantly better, right ladies?
I’ve always passed by the pink and girly Bassam Fattouh counter at Debenhams wondering if I should try something or not, but never made the effort. This time around, I gave in, and bought the matte lipstick in Starlet. Starlet is a beautiful berry color, one of those colors that just looks great on all skin tones. Matte formulas are one of those make- it – or- break- it kind of formulas, either they’re too dry and drag when you apply it on the lips, or they could be wonderfully creamy and moisturizing. Starlet is definitely the latter. It is matte formula, but it is creamy and very light on the lips. It is very pigmented, all you need is one swipe and you are ready for the day…or night. I just might visit their counter again and see what other good products I can find.
I’m a big fan of The Body Shop and there are certain products that I keep purchasing again and again and again. One of my favorites is the Body Butter Duo in the vanilla scent. This is probably not a surprise because everyone loves the body butters, and for good reason. There is rich cream side for extra hydration which is perfect for knees and elbows and a lighter cream for areas that don’t need a lot of hydration. The formula doesn’t leave you sticky and sinks in quickly so you don’t have to wait a while before putting your clothes on.
My next favorite is the Body Mist in Vanilla. There is really not much to say about this, except that it smells like pure vanilla. If you love vanilla, you will want this in your life. It is mist so it is light and stays on for quite some time.
The Shimmer Cube Palette has 4 different shades which you could use individually or together to create an eye look. What I love about this is that if you want to take only one shade with you, you can just take it out of the box and it has a separate lid so you can just throw it in your makeup bag. The formula is so pigmented and creamy, not chalky at all.
The lip liners are the perfect balance between creamy yet dry-am I making any sense? Basically, the formula is perfect and doesn’t slip and slide off the lips. My favorite shade is called Mauve which is like my lips but better shade. Sometimes I wear it alone, with lip gloss on top or under a lipstick.
Last, but not least, is the lip and cheek stain in Rose Pink. It gives that perfect glow on the cheeks, that color that you get when that cold winter air hits your face. On the lips it gives you a perfect pink color, and if you layer it, it gives you pink-red color perfect for fall and it does not budge, it will stay on your lips for a long time.
The Body Shop also has a Facebook Page where it uploads all it’s promotions and new launches so you can always be up to date.