Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Starting Out - Lips

Welcome to my ninth post of 'The Starting Off Project' - founded and set up by Stephanie from Steph's Inside Voice.

Catch up on my previous posts:
I'm Part of #theSOproject... Are you?
Starting Off - Skincare
Starting Off - Concealer
Starting Off - Foundation
Starting Off - Bronzer
Starting Off - Blusher
Starting Off - Mascara

Starting Off - Eyeliner

Starting Off - Eyeshadow


So, we've prepped and primed our skin with our skincare routine, covered our blemishes with our concealer, applied our foundation, bronzed and contoured and popped a little colour onto our cheeks, beautified our eyes...

Now let's talk: Lips...

So, we're going to look at the 4 types of lip products - lip care, lip pencils, lipstick & lipgloss. Forgive me for starting the obvious, but we're 'starting out' here right? :)


Lip Care: 

It's really important not to forget to care for our lips. They need to be exfoliated, hydrated and smoothed to stay healthy, in tip top condition, and be the perfect base for all those lovely lip colours. They need some extra TLC in the colder months, so don't neglect them! There are many things on the market to help look after those lips; lip scrubs, lip serums, lip balms & lip treatments. Find what works for you.

Lip Pencils:

A lip pencil, or lip liner can help define the lip. It helps to make the lips appear bigger, or even smaller, give them more shape or look fuller. It also works to keep lip colour in place, minimise lipstick 'bleeding'. It is important to use a lip pencil as close to the lip colour, or slightly darker to give more dimension. But be careful it's not too dark, make sure it works well alongside your lip colour.


Lipstick is a type of make up applied to the lips, in a coloured, solid stick, to colour and moisturise our lips. They are available in an array of shades and finishes such as satin, matte, stain, shimmer, glossy, creamy... etc. 

Lip Gloss: 

This is a type of make up applied to the lips to make them appear glossier, shinier and smoother. They also are available in an array of shades, although compared to lipsticks, lip glosses provide a more subtle finish. They usually come in tubes and are of sticky consistency.


These are the lip products in my collection...
[Apologies for the poor image quality - the light was awful & I was running out of time! :(]

My Lip Care Collection

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy (£1.99) My trusty Vaseline sits on my bedside table & I use this every night after my night time skincare routine!
Superdrug Little Pink Tin (99p) This lip tin sits in my make up box & I use it if I'm going for a natural make up look, or over the top of a lip pencil.
TheBodyShop Born Lippy Satsuma Shimmer (£2.00) This smells amazing, I use it a lot in the summer! 
Figs&Rouge Cherry Blossom Lip Balm (£4.95) I love this, it smells fab & is really nourishing!
Oh! Organics Mandarin Lip Balm (£2.75)* This lives in my handbag, as the weather is getting colder, my lips need a quick fix when they're feeling dry.
Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips (£11.50) I received this in a beauty box but have yet to try it out, it's meant to be fab tho - for moisturising lips & so many other things!
Nivea SOS Lip Relief (£3.39) I originally bought this for Bradley when his lips were dry and cracked last winter. It's a really intensive lip treatment for very dry, chapped lips. It's really good stuff!

My Lip Pencil Collection

Dolce & Gabbana Precision Lip Liner in #4 Dahlia (£19.65)* A dark brown lip liner with brush for smudging. I like to wear this all over the lips with a lip balm or clear gloss over the top. 
Dolce & Gabbana Precision Lip Liner in #2 Warm (£19.65)* A warm brown lip liner with brush for smudging. I like to wear this all over the lips with a lip balm or clear gloss over the top.
MeMeMe Lip Liner Pencil in Nude (No longer available) This is a nice one that goes with a neutral, beigey lipstick or gloss, but I don't use lip pencils all that often.

My Lipstick Collection #1

Accesorize Intense Colour Lipstick in Obsessed (£5.00)* A nice, creamy lipstick in a dark beigey shade.
MAC Lipstick in Gel (£15.00) This 'frost' nude lipstick gives a nice shimmery, sheer metallic beige finish.
MAC Lipstick in Pink Plaid (£15.00) This 'matte' lipstick gives a cute dirty-pink lip.
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Creme Brûlée (£5.99)* I LOVE this - my best friend bought me this, it's a buttery balm that hydrates and softens the lips giving a soft nude colour too, perfect in this weather - although I wish the colour lasted a little longer.
Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Amped (£4.99) This matte, neon pink lipstick I wore on a fancy dress 80's night, it's a bit bright for normal day wear ;)
MAC Lipstick in Creme d'Nude (£15.00) One of my most worn, I've been buying and wearing this gorgeous cremesheen lipstick for years, it's creamy, long lasting and a lovely nude, peach beige colour. Firm favourite.

My Lipstick Collection #2

TheBodyShop ColourGlide Lip Colour (£10.00) (Shade Discontinued) This is a matte, browny shade that's pretty long lasting but I don't use it too often as it doesn't smell too great.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipshine in Boy (£24.00) Another favourite, this creamy, glossy lipstick is a cute dark pink colour.
MAC Lipstick in Plink! (£15.00) This 'lustre', creamy lipstick is a warm seashell pink colour.
Yves Rocher Moisturising High Concentration Lipstick in Framboise (£6.95) A bright red lip, I only really go for this on the odd night out, as I prefer nudes and beiges for day time look, this red is really intense which can be a little scary, but it's a really moisturising lipstick!
W7 Lipstick in Champagne (£2.45)* Considering this is such a cheap lipstick, it's currently one of my most-used, it's a gorgeous creamy lipstick that's pretty long lasting, moisturising and a lovely colour!
MAC Lipstick in Cherish (£15.00) This 'satin' soft-muted dark, peachy-beige is nice for a darker, autumn-ey lip!
Stargazer Lipstick in #132 (£3.50)* I've yet to try out this dark red lipstick.

My Lip Gloss Collection

MAC Plushglass in Nice Buzz (£17.50) Love this shimmery, light gold & pearly gloss!
MAC Lipglass Viva Glam in Gaga (Discontinued) A creamy, baby pink gloss.
Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Grapefruit (£16.00) This blue-pink gloss is almost clear on the lips and super hydrating!
Avon Plump Pout Lipgloss in Pink Pucker (£6.00) This sheer pink gloss really does tingle on the lips and gives a fuller look!
Rimmel Vinyl Lip Gloss in Red Ginger (£4.99) This gloss is an intense red shade, it doesn't come out too often! ;)
Avon Plump Pout Lipgloss in Nude Pout (£6.00) This creamy, nude pink gloss really does tingle on the lips and gives a fuller look!
Accessorize Intense Colour Lipgloss in Spirit (£4.00)* My current favourite lipgloss, its a super creamy nude pink colour that smells like melted caramel, yum!!
Barry M Glossy Tubes in Flamingo Pink (£3.99)* This goes on almost clear, I wear it over my favourite lipsticks.
Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked (£13.00)* This came with my Naked2 Palette & lives in my handbag for a quick glossy fix!
Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Streak (£13.00)* My bestest bought me this, it's a gorgeous peachy nude gloss.
MaxFactor Max Effect Lipgloss in Ivory (£3.99) A clear gloss I pop on for a natural lip or over the top of lipstick.
MAC Lipglass in Culture Clash (Shade Discontinued) A shimmery sheer pink gloss.
Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Silk Touch Lipgloss (Can't find online) A really silky gloss in a really intense red.

Other Lip Products in my collection

That's my take on Lip make up. Join me next week to talk Tools.
Remember to use the twitter hashtag #theSOproject to read more Lip posts from the 120+ other bloggers taking part in this project.

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  1. you have an amazing range! I have never thought to try Accessorize products but that lipstick looks really nice!
    I like how you mentioned the lip treatments, I love dr lipp so glad I got that in my Glossybox! x

    1. Thanks hun.
      I never tried Accessorize either before I received them in a goody bag, they're SO nice!! :)

  2. Your collection is abolutely gorgeous and oh my, the packaging of the Accessorize lipstick is just to die for!


  3. Oooh I love looking at other people's lipstick collection! I'm so jealous of yours.

    Love 'on a bad day there is always lipstick' so true!

    Can't believe how close we are to the end of the SO project now!

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic


    1. Ah I know, it's been a fab project!!
      Off to look at yours now :)

  4. Going to have to try that accessorise lipgloss I think. Sounds yum. Love a good smelling lip product xxx


  5. Great collection! I REALLY want a Chanel lippie!

    Rebecca x
    Cloud Nine Indulgence

    1. Coco Rouge Shine is an amazing range!!
      Off to check yours out!! :)

  6. I've been told that every girl should own a Chanel lipstick! Need to treat myself! Jealous of your collection

    Liz xx


  7. I have heard such good things about the Chanel lipsticks but never tried them! Will have to pick up one sometime! :)
    Also really like the pic you added in, and it's so true! In the summer Sunglasses and Lipstick make THE quickest "face" ever haha :)


    1. I do want to add some more shades to my Chanel collection as I only currently own one!

  8. I do agree.. on a bad day there is always lipstick! :)




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