Thursday, 6 September 2018

BYBI BEAUTY ARE RE-LAUNCHING BABE BALM AND IM SO HERE FOR IT

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Bybi Beauty is one of my favourite brands

So when I saw that the brand had re-vamped, re-launched and re-formulated one of my favourite go-to products ever, the Babe Balm, I was super curious to see what the deal was. Can the old formula even be improved?!

Improvements:
A better scent - More vanilla. Less whatever else people complained about. I always quite liked the scent although it did always seem a tad 'plastic' to me? But again, I really am not that fussy with the scent of a product if it does the job! ... But I'm totally not going to complain if I can smell like lovely Vanilla.

Smoother - People have commented before that it's hard to squeeze out the tube, so Bybi Beauty are improving the consistency and smoothness. I'm personally not really that fussed about this new improvement as I like how thick and luxurious the balm is - I love it when a product is so thick that it takes a second to come out of the tube. I know I'm in for some intense hydration! But I think that it could pose a problem when you get to the very end of your tube, so I can see why the brand are making this improvement. As long as it hydrates, the consistency isn't the most important thing.

Vanity - Shelfies galore, everyone. Bybi are improving the packaging of this product and I am very curious to see what it will look like. The bright orange is very punchy and fun, so I hope that this is still a feature. Although, a pink Babe Balm? That could be cool...

I'm looking forward to seeing what the fuss is about with the new vs. old. I'll likely do a comparison when I get my hands on the new formulation.

P.S. If you have never tried babe balm, it's a hit of hydration for anywhere dry on your body. It is packed full of goodness for your skin.


About the product:
- Hydrates, softens and smooths skin
- Can be used as a highlighter, moisturiser or cleanser
- Tropical scent
- Contains: Kokum Butter, Monoi, Squalene, Hibiscus and Calendula
- 100% natural ingredients
- Vegan-friendly 
- Tube is made from biodegradable sugarcane - so it looks like plastic, but totally isn't.


Ingredients:
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Rhus Verniciflua Peel (Berry) Cera, Squalane (Olive), Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Caryocar (Pequi) Coriaceum Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Flower) Extract, Gardenia Taitensis (Monoi) Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ubiquinone 50 (Coenzyme Q10), Distarch Phosphate (Sweet Potato Extract), Anthocyanins (Sweet Potato Extract), Citric (Fruit) Acid.



I'm super excited to see what the new tube looks like (!!!!) and will report back when I get my hands on the new product with some comparisons. I can't imagine Bybi Beauty going wrong with a reformulation, as their existing products are of such amazing quality, so I think it'll be interesting to see what comes next, as they have really taken the time to listen to feedback and provide quality upgrades for customers.
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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

I AM OBSESSED WITH GLOSS BOMB BY FENTY BEAUTY AND I AM NOT SORRY

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It might be that it's queen Rihanna's super-cute make-up line. 
Or it could be the irresistibly smooth and sweet smelling formula.
Or I am just addicted to a lip gloss.
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I think I started to hate matte lips a long time ago. I tried so hard to keep on the bandwagon of re-applying balm over my ultra-matte ring of death on my inner lip, but it's just not for me. I've never really found a lip gloss that I'm totally obsessed with to the point of using it within just a few months.. That is not a long time when you have around 100+ other lip products.

I also think my boyfriend is sick of me smelling it and showing it to him before and after I re-apply it in restaurants. Or coffee shops. Or at home. Okay, I'm obsessed. It's just the most perfectly natural wash of colour and shimmer - without looking like you're wearing a shimmer overload or something that would scare away fragile men that hate red lipstick... Please notice my sarcasm in that sentence.

Me, happy, healthy, glowing with my Fenty Gloss Bomb.
I never knew that a lipstick could change my mood.
Rihanna saved me.
TY GURL.

Basically, this gloss is everything you can possibly want. You know how Nars Orgasm Blush is the blush that tops all blushes? Well, this is the gloss to end all other glosses. If you can grab this, you probably won't regret it. It looks gorgeous over a lip liner or on its own. Sometimes a gloss can look a bit lacklustre over bare lips, but this has just enough shimmery goodness to make your lips look kissable and juicy. 




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Monday, 3 September 2018

Revolution Quietly Launch Their Skincare Range

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When Revolution founder Adam Minto announced that the brand would be delving into skincare a few months ago, I have to admit - I rolled my eyes. The brand is on a roll with the fabulously affordable make-up dupes, so skincare seemed like it would be rushed and ignored.

I was wrong. 

I'm surprised to see a really lovely selection of products available to people in physical drugstores. I won't ignore the elephant in the room- that they're not quite as good as The Ordinary's formulas, but when I think of the people missing out on good skincare because they aren't online or in the loop about Deciem, I'm pretty happy with a few not-so-amazing additions to this range!

I'm also pleased that the brand actually offer some insight into what the product actually does within the name of the product. Taglines such as "Skin plumping" / "Wrinkle & Fine line reducing serum" / "Blemish & Pore refining serum" will help less educated consumers to pick out products that they need in-store.

Revolution are very good at knowing their target audience. The cute rose-gold cap and the quirky, on-trend bottles are going to attract both skincare-newbies and some experts just dying to know what teh difference is between The Ordinary and this mysterious twin-sister!

The line-up:


Obviously, the hyper-educated consumer will pick out that coconut oil isn't the best carrier for a retinol (plus it's not in UV-protective packaging). Or that the CBD oil is actually more like grape, almond, coconut, vegetable than hemp seed oil. And why is there orange peel oil in the Rosehip oil? So to simplify my thoughts there, the Revolution blends contain some preservatives, oils and ingredients that aren't skin-friendly. 

But despite these initial concerns, this is an amazing step in the right direction for the UK skincare market! I'm very impressed and can't wait to try some of the formulas out.

Will we see more brands go one-note like this?

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

PR TIPS FOR BLOGGERS (From A Girl In Digital Marketing)


PR TIPS FOR BLOGGERS FROM A DIGITAL MARKETING EXECUTIVE AND PR

As someone that deals with bloggers, influencers and the like on a weekly basis at my job, I wanted to give some tips to bloggers that might feel as if they never see hide nor hair of PRs opportunities in their email inbox. There are reasons for this. Now, these tips won't apply to every campaign, brand or email you receive, but it's just general advice that I've picked up on the other side of the computer.

Numbers do matter
Sorry guys, but they do. I know there has been an influx of tweets recently, about how micro-influencers product better content and photos, but that's because they're simply not receiving a whole lot of 'free' product. You’re more likely to want to impress if it’s your first PR package ever.

Round-up reports sometimes have a big fat number at the end (obviously this depends on the campaign!) to show the total reach that the PR company have gathered for a brand, product, event or such. It just doesn't really make sense to send product samples to very small bloggers unless there is a distinct reason - sometimes brands need and want brilliant product photography that they can utilise on their social channels, for example. Or an influx of reviews. Smaller bloggers are also more likely to write about products that they receive. There are often layered campaigns - so smaller bloggers are utilised as well as the larger ones for maximum reach and coverage.

When people talk about "micro-influencers" they aren't talking so micro that you have 500 followers. It's usually more like 7000-10,000. Generally, "micro" is more than 5,000. But then again, everyone has a different opinion on what that is. After all, this is a new industry. There is no "standard" name for different audience-sizes of influencers. It would take a whole other ten blog posts to explain just how structured, developed and layered some campaigns are, but I hope this gives a small insight into why numbers do matter, and anyone telling you that they don't, are lying, or leaving out the fact that they also need to work with influencers with a significant following as well as sally and her 5000 followers.

Relationships are a huge part of PR industry
This extends way past PRs, but in any industry, you're far more likely to work with someone that you already have on your database over someone random. As someone that occasionally does outreach, I'm always going to go to people I already follow on Twitter for opps as I see their content a lot and interact with them sometimes - with PRs, they'll have databases, but if they know someone, they're going to get the opp if they've done a great blog post before for the brand. Side note: PRs see the other side of blogging, too. I posted an opp a while ago and had about 10 girls follow me to ask about it, and once I'd sent their details to the brand and it was confirmed, they unfollowed me. Just keep it simple, people. You look silly. You don't need to suck up, follow and like ten photos to get an opp. Just express your interest.

Short and sweet, people
If you pitch yourself to someone, keep it SUPER SHORT. If someone is managing campaigns, they won't have time to read why you're amazing. Just include your stats and what you're offering in it's most basic form. Media kits are helpful too but don't forget to write a little bit about you in the actual email itself, as most of the time it won't get clicked on unless you're looking like someone worth working with.

We aren't reading the 'about me" page before e-mailing
If you're a beauty blogger with clear skin and a brand emails you about reviewing acne treatments, please learn to accept that this is the industry that you're in. People will have a tight deadline sometimes and do not have time to delve into the deep depths of your blog to decide whether or not you're suitable for a campaign. Even beauty editors at Cosmo will get sent stuff that isn't right for them, yet your average bloggers on Twitter seem to have this weird self-entitlement surrounding them as if PRs will check every nook and cranny of a blog to make sure the opp is "okay for someone" before sending. In reality, there are thousands of bloggers out there, you're probably one out of 100 emails sent out for PR samples. Stay polite and nice. If an opportunity isn't for you, if someone spells your name wrong, or god forbid calls you Becky when you're Sarah... People on the other side of those emails are human and they may not have had their coffee that morning.

It's not personal
If you have any idea of digital marketing, you'll know just how hectic the office gets when you're orchestrating brand collaborations (alongside other work like managing social media pages)

If you are offered an opportunity, please don't take it as "I definitely have this" - PRs are usually talking to a lot of other bloggers and clients will often reject people mid-way or want a different sort of vibe. And it's not just bloggers that clients want to get in contact with, it's a whole host of other outlets such as higher-scale coverage. As a blogger myself, I am on the receiving end of this treatment, but generally there just isn't the time or care to e-mail everyone back saying "sorry, not this time!" when there is other (more important) work to do. I don't think that anyone is sitting there like, "Haha. I didn't e-mail BeautybySarah101 back",  I just think that there are bigger fish to fry. A PR or agency does not need to worry about cutting off a blogger.. as truthfully, there are just so many more in an over-saturated industry. However, annoying the beauty editor of a large publication, or aradio station? Well, that'll probably be an issue in the future for clients. It's a cut-throat industry, so if you feel ignored, try not to take it personally!

Going silent
It goes without saying, but if you say you're going to be somewhere, and then don't turn up, you're not going to get another invite again. Just send a quick e-mail if you can't make it somewhere. I mean, this is basic common sense/manners, but I'm including it for a reason. The bar tab or free tickets could have gone to someone else.

One side note that needs mentioning: Unless you have a serious reason (and it's your absolute last resort) to slate or "expose" a brand/PR/Agency on social media, refrain from doing so. Seriously, it looks wildly unprofessional. And as a blogger, freelance or just a couple of times a week, you are a professional when dealing with agencies and brands. Keep your reputation in tip-top shape!


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Friday, 27 April 2018

Elaje Cambridge Review: My Experience (I Would Not Go Back)

I booked in for a balayage at Elaje Cambridge in February and I wanted to share my experience. Let's jump in, shall we? I have tried to stay fair in this review, as I don't really like writing overtly negative things about brands and business' on my blog, but I think that I am well within my rights to discuss my negative experience, just as anyone would after receiving amazing treatment from somewhere.

As most girls do when wanting a new colour or cut, I had a photo with me to show my stylist. I showed a picture of something I’d like my hair to be like (which most salons are used to) 
I wanted to review the salon that I had loved for a long time up until this experience. I can't include the reference photo here, as I wouldn't just shove an image on my blog post that I hadn't got permission to use. 

Prep
I grew my hair out for over a year, no colouring at all and I used minimal heat on it so that it was in the best possible condition for bleach. Essentially, my hair was "virgin" in terms of colouring. (I mean obviously, it wasn't literally virgin as anything from a bit of straightening to heat can "damage" hair, but it was in the best possible condition after growing it out from a long bob for well over a year, in order to have balayage.

Pricing
I paid a £100 deposit 2 weeks prior to my appointment and knew that I would be paying £30 for a finish, and £30 for Olaplex. Yes, this is an expensive salon, that charge London prices. In fact, they are more expensive/the same as hair queen Samantha Cusick in London for a balayage. Elaje's haircuts are okay, the staff are (seemingly) trained regularly and the beauty section is hygienic - basically, it's just an overpriced salon that actually follow regulations.

When I originally booked the balayage, I did it on the day of a haircut I was there for. I mentioned that I wanted to book in for a balayage with the same girl who was cutting my hair, but she wasn't available, so after my cut, she and the receptionist booked me in with someone else. I asked if this person was the same pricing and my hairstylist said yes, £116 for balayage. I paid a £100 deposit that day.
So I was expecting to pay £116 for a balayage, a finish, at £30 and an added Olaplex treatment at £30. However, on the day I was charged £190 altogether. I was so unhappy with my hair that I just paid it and left, but I was definitely overcharged by this salon, as the pricing was never discussed with me on the day or prior to my appointment that it would be £150 instead of £116 (Plus the other costs!) (... Thank god for student discount)

I wrote it off, but if a client is paying more for a service for any reason, you need to let them know. I still don't really understand the pricing, but as I was unhappy with my hair, I never bought up or argued the pricing - I didn't want to look like I was out for a freebie.


My Experience In The Salon
On the day, I uploaded onto my Instagram story that I was going for a balayage. I never tagged the salon or mentioned the salon name on any of my social media (This will become important later) and the only people that knew what salon I was going to, were my Mum, boyfriend and a couple of close friends.

The salon itself is nice, clean and the staff are always friendly. They’ll take your coat/bag and offer you a latte or drink upon arrival. Basically, the bare minimum for anywhere charging over £50 for a haircut. 
I prefer not to chat when getting my hair done (I talk all day at work, uni and on social media) so it’s nice to unwind with a magazine and just chill out whilst getting your hair done. I'm sure a lot of you are the same, and I love any salon that won't expect me to engage in the painful small talk! I know a lot of us enjoy a quiet salon experience or just don’t like nattering away if we want to relax.

I knew straight away that my hair wasn't blonde enough when the towel came off and the girl started drying it. I thought, "I'll wait for her to style it" and after that was done, I looked in the mirror and felt shocked at how subtle the balayage was in comparison to what I'd asked for.
I just felt that it wasn't blonde enough, and there was very little blonde around the back in comparison to the front. The photo I had initially shown was from Catherine Boden's salon in Manchester (which I couldn't get to - I live way too far away to travel there) and I'd shown a beautiful melted blonde in the front of the hair. I didn't feel like the blonde highlights in the front of my air were very blended at all.

You can see clearly in the recent photo I've uploaded, that the front of my hair looks like highlights and is growing out that way too. I wanted balayage specifically to avoid the awkward re-growth stages. I did mention on the day that I wasn't 100% happy, but also said that I would think about it to the staff. I said that I wanted to be honest with the staff there.

I called my Mum as I walked home from the salon that evening, and expressed how sad I felt that it wasn't perfect, and she said if you don't feel happy straightaway, it won't suddenly come to you when you're home. I made the decision to "think on it" but knew deep down that my Mum was right! I asked a couple of hairdressers that evening and the next morning and they confirmed that it was a lacklustre result given what I'd asked for/the price I'd paid. 


I called Elaje next day, and expressed politely that I felt my hair wasn’t blonde enough and in all honesty, wasn’t what I’d asked or hoped for. I had highlights through the front of my hair that didn't/don't really blend out like the blonde sections I’d showed in my reference photo. The receptionist was nice said that she was going to book me in for it to be done again.

I got a confirmation email through, stating that it was a “re-col” until I received a call a little later from the lady who actually did my hair, stating that she wouldn’t be re-doing it, and that it was only a booking to “talk” about it with her. I thought that this was weird and honestly, ridiculously unprofessional. You should speak to other staff members before booking someone in for a re-colour. I mean, the hold button exists for a reason. But hey, I agreed to speak to the lady who had coloured my hair and sort it out.
The day before my talk/consultation I received yet another phone call asking me to come in a little earlier, I agreed.

The "Talk"
As bloggers, we are always going to enjoy being honest about treatments and products that we've had. I, personally, share my experiences with 12,000 people on Instagram, using stories and normal posts, and my blog, of course. I'm unaware if the salon staff knew that I was a blogger or not, but clearly, they aren't in-touch with influencers, bloggers and the way in which we work. I share everything from what foundation I wear to what my boyfriend and I are up to, so there is no surprise that I would share images and thoughts on a new hair colour!

So on the day, I went into the salon and the owner said she'd asked me in a little bit earlier to discuss the issue with me herself. She asked me what I felt wasn’t right about my hair, so I explained in detail. I mentioned the front especially, as I didn't feel like it was particularly well blended, in the way I'd asked for (and previously shown pictures of). I had what are essentially just highlights in the front of my hair, and not a whole lot of blonde in the back.

I was then told, that the photo I’d shown the stylist that coloured my hair wasn’t a “real perception” - aka social media twists things. She mentioned that it can take 2 months and three appointments to get the blonde that I'd shown in my reference photo - which did make me laugh, as I’d watched the vlog of the girl getting her hair done from a dark brown to the shade of blonde I wanted on Youtube. Yes, all in one sitting. Amazing, right? I didn't bother getting my phone out and showing her this video, since I thought, 'at this point it's futile'.


I kind of just sat there wondering why a grown woman was attempting to tell me off. The power of bloggers, eh? She obviously wasn't happy that I'd written about this on my story - however, as mentioned earlier, I had never actually named the salon, so I was really confused as to why she was acting as if I had slandered the salon publicly. I couldn't understand why she was so angry, when I had written fairly standard comments. I mean, I personally don't see what is very rude about a sad peach gif.

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It felt quite hilarious, sitting there as she essentially tried to slap me on the wrist for being a blogger. She... 'accused' (I guess?) me of “slagging off the salon” - yes, those were her exact words used, very professional, I know. Which I'm not sure how I could of, as I never actually named the salon anywhere on social media or even my personal Facebook.
I was shocked. After this painfully ridiculous exchange, the lady that had actually coloured my hair then came over and said that I had “maybe wanted a dip-dye instead of a balayage’ which confused me, as the photo I’d shown was a balayage by the Catherine Boden hair salon in Manchester (The creme de la creme of all things blonde - their work is totally gorgeous!) - and they literally specialise in those kinds of colour changes, so I'm rather confused as to how she got to that point of view.

I was a little shocked at this, as I’d surely had a consultation of sorts, when I explained what I wanted to her and shown images of my desired look. Why would she have gone ahead with it if she thought what I was after was entirely different? I had shown numerous photos.

Elaje had booked me in for balayage 
after I had shown this particular photo to 2-3 members of staff. Surely, if I’d shown a dip-dye, I would have been advised by the professional hair stylists to get a dip dye? It was all very confusing and I wasn’t offered any solution but a free toner on my hair and a half-price balayage next time - which I clearly didn’t feel comfortable to accept, as I’d been treated so rudely by the staff during this talk. 

I was unsure if I was being unreasonable or not. I knew that my hair looked 'good' - it wasn't breaking or anything, it was left in good condition... However, I felt that for £190, the result was underwhelming and I have been left with a bad taste in my mouth about this salon, and I have not returned since. I did speak with three other hairdressers about my hair that stated that it could be lifted to the colour I was after in one sitting, especially as my hair wasn't dark originally. I knew that anyway though, as my hair has lifted much lighter before. £190 (more if I hadn't popped on my student discount) is a lot to spend on hair that I didn't feel happy with.

I was absolutely shocked that I was essentially called into the salon earlier to be patronised by the owner and receive snooty comments from the stylist, and to be told that I didn't really know what I wanted was rude and patronising toward a client. Nobody, not Zoella, not Becky with 30 followers on Instagram and 3 Facebook friends should be spoken to in a patronising and rude manner, the way that I was. 

Aftermath
I wish that had been the end of it, but it wasn't. Every member of staff in the salon proceeded to view every Instagram story I uploaded for the next 2-3 days, which I thought was very strange and quite unprofessional, actually. I hadn't mentioned the hair situation or salon any further. In fact, I was in London at my boyfriend's for the weekend. I was then even tagged in a video by the stylist that did my hair about how "colour takes time" and the caption "FYI." was used. To me, that was the last straw and I wouldn't return to this salon. 
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I wouldn't recommend this salon to anyone, and I think that there is a misunderstanding in this salon about how to act as a business, versus how you can act as a blogger or client. There is simply a level of professionalism required from a salon in comparison to a paying client making comments on social media.

I am not required to remain "professional" at all times, as I am a personality first and foremost, or 'a real person', if you will. If I had no personality or opinion, I'd be an advertising billboard for brands that I like. I'm always going to give my honest opinions about things. I would be a rubbish blogger if I didn't.

A business is a business. I also think that I was more than fair in never, ever mentioning the name of the salon until now. As a client in a salon, you can feel a bit "stupid" when they start talking to you about colours, bleaches and things that we don't have an in-depth understanding of, and that is what frustrates me the most.
 I had numerous "second opinions" and yet I was still patronised by the salon staff and received snooty comments afterwards. I would not return here again.

At the end of the day, I was disappointed with my hair for the money I paid, but I am also far more disappointed that I would be spoken to, and treated the way that I was. Getting your hair done can be quite a nervous time anyway, let alone wondering whether or not you'll be slapped on the wrist for posting about it afterward on your social media channels or spoken to in a rude manner.


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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Saving Money At University: Paperclip x Student Money Saver


If you're a student, you know the struggles that come along with university costs. Books can cost anywhere from £30 to £90 at a time, and that's never covered by the university. Of course, you can borrow books from the library, but often long-term borrowing can become an annoyance if you know that you'll need something all year, or even for your whole course. And then there is finding all the random things that you need for your uni house - even more of an expense!

But did you know, buying second hand is actually very viable if you're in a university town? It's not always "that needs to go in the bin" microwaves or dodgy mattresses. In student areas, buying second-hand or popping things you don't need on sites like Paperclip can be a goldmine. Well, a few lattes.

However, it’s hard to know where to look for these student-friendly deals and sites. When students finish third year, lots of them will unload books, kitchen items, house bits and bobs and so much more that they'll no longer need. That's where Paperclip x SMS comes in. Student Money Saver is one of my favourite sites for cash-saving tips anyway, but when I saw the Marketplace that they'd opened with Paperclip, I think that this could be what students need to finally have somewhere to create as a go-to for essentials.

This kind of site can really take the pressure off spending £50 on a book when you could find the same one, or a similar version, for £10 from someone that just wants to get rid of stuff before Summer kicks in. And the same with furniture - if you can’t make it to Ikea before term starts, try seeing if anyone is getting rid of a bedside table or drying rack. Chances are, they’ll want pennies for it.



The kind of things you’ll find on Paperclip: Bikes, Kitchen items, Books, Furniture..




... And so much more! It’s super easy to use, so you won’t have to worry about paying to sign up or having trouble finding the things you want. You can pick categories to look at, so from books to bed frames, you should be able to easily find anything you’d like to look at a distance that you choose on the site. You can even pick to see ads by how recently they were uploaded. What could be easier? I know I'll be popping my English books onto the site once I finish my degree! (I can't say I want to re-read a book on Victorian literature...)
P.S. Anyone that adds an item to the marketplace in January and February is entered into prize draw to win £100! You can find details on Paperclip's Facebook Page.





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Saturday, 20 January 2018

NUDE LIP EDIT


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cairo

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm
Shop on ASOSBoots or CultBeauty £6.00
This is probably my favourite liquid lipstick formula, literally ever. It’s hard to describe. It's mousse-like enough to re-apply beautifully, yet it doesn’t feel sticky or horrible. It’s non-drying, and the perfect on the go alternative to traditional lipstick. The small tube means that you'll have about 4 of these in your purse at any one time though. But at £6, who really cares? There a beauty blogger fave for good reason!

NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie
NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu
Shop on ASOSBoots or CultBeauty £5.50
These are the perfect pairing for their Soft Matte sister. NYX really know how to formulate a gloss. They smell of vanilla cupcakes, apply beautifully and don't break the bank. The Butter Gloss is an amazing topper for any lipstick and they aren't overly sticky either- a good handbag staple for when you've forgotten a lipstick at work and need a wash of colour!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Butterscotch
Shop on BeautyBay or CultBeauty £17.00
I thought nothing could beat the pigment from the Kylie Cosmetics glosses, but the Anastasia Beverly Hills ones trump Kylie's, purely for the cheaper price and zero customs charges with the UK retailers. The Anastasia formula smells like cupcakes from Peggy Porschen and the doe-foot applicator is one of the best I've tried. No brainer. They're not cheap, but they're worth it.


Charlotte Tilbury Lip Gloss in Seduction
Shop on John Lewis £16.50
I can't say that this is the best lip gloss I have ever tried, but it's okay. It's good. It's a lovely colour, with decent sheer to medium pigmentation, but honestly? Save your cash. It's certainly not worth £16.50 though... and for Charlotte Tilbury, I envisioned a better scent, applicator (NYX have a better applicator) and overall I think that Charlotte Tilbury glosses leave a lot to be desired from a high end, "luxury" brand that pride themselves on beautiful packaging and outstanding formulas. 


Fenty Beauty Universal Gloss Bomb
Shop on Harvey Nichols £16.00
This is a beautiful all-rounder. It's a classic rosy, nude shade that is perfect for any skin tone. It looks pretty on its own and works well with other formulas. The applicator is chunky, super soft and perfect for that one-swipe colour that we all need on the train or whilst balancing four different shopping bags. It won't be a wasted addition to your make-up stash, and it's a good introduction to Fenty Beauty.


Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Chi
Shop on Colourpop $6
This nude is probably a shade that you have similar colours to, but who cares? You're probably not reading this post because you're thinking "I don't need anymore lipsticks"! This shade looks good on lots of skin tones and the Colourpop formula is super long-lasting, so you probably need this. It comes up a little lighter in person than on the Colourpop site, and it's the classic, shockingly good value that Colourpop offer.


Rimmel Kate Moss in Boho Nude
Shop on Boots, Superdrug or ASOS £5.49
If you are on a budget or like to shop at the drugstore instead of online, then this range will be ideal for you. The Kate Moss collection by Rimmel is very, very good. In fact, the Rimmel lipstick range is highly under-rated by the majority of bloggers and make-up lovers that I see discussing the best drugstore buys. Grab these babies on offer and they are cheap as chips. The packaging pictured is the 15 year anniersary collection, which is since discontinued (boohoo) but the other shades are just as good.
Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème in Creme Brûlée
Shop on BeautyBay or CultBeauty
These are a little drying, but the shades are perfect. I adore the formula - it's very creamy to apply and the doe-foot applicator is of high quality. It smells of cupcakes and it does easily last hours. Less is more though, as this is a thick formula! I wouldn't suggest this as a first-buy for liquid lipstick beginners.


Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Literally
Shop on Kylie Cosmetics $15.00
These glosses are super pigmented, smell of cupcakes and last forever because they're so thick, but, Kylie Jenner needs to up the quality of her products. The brush for this still hasn't improved and I am really quite reluctant to repurchase any of these, given that the Anastasia glosses are just so much better in terms of applicator and pricing. The formula is similar, so I will skip on the Kylie if she can't be bothered to improve an aspect of her brand that literally thousands of people have complained about. Yes, these brushes still shed and don't make for easy applcation.


Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Rule34 (Discontinued)
I have spoken about the Urban Decay glosses before on my blog, but they have actually warmed to me over time. I don't need insane pigment at all times with my glosses, and I can appreciate the muted, nude tone of this product from Urban Decay. I wouldn't repurchase this myself (this one was gifted to me) but I do like it. However, I am not surprised that these were discontinued - the cute packaging just doesn't make up for a boring, sheer gloss.


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