winter lipsticks 2012
Though it is infinity-times easier to wear eye makeup in the Winter than the Summer (hello, creasing/running/sliding), I have fallen into total lipstick junkie habits. Mascara and lipstick might be the lazy girl’s guide to ‘pretty’, but I am a very happy lazy girl thanks to the products below:

(In photo order…)
Deep Red Sinner (left) and Scarlet Red Sinner (right) by Lipstick Queen.
Miss Poppy King recently added 10 colours to her cult Saints & Sinners collection, and I have naturally fallen in love with the Sinners. Each shade in the collection has both a ‘Saint’ and ‘Sinner’ counterpart, with Sinner’s new formula taking the 90% pigment rich lipstick to brand-new creamy heights. Scarlet Red is a rich blue-red while Deep Red has seductive black undertones. The ideal red lipsticks for day and night.

terre d’Oc Lipstick in 202 Cerise Lixus.
The story initially drew me in: in Morocco women use an aker (a small terracotta bowl) covered in poppy powder and pomegranate bark to colour their lips. Inspired, terre d’Oc created this cherry-coloured lipstick which combines argan oil and butter to nourish and highlight the lips. I love wearing this as a base underneath…

Lucy B. ‘Stung Lips’ Nudie tinted lip balm.
Even when I’m not wearing lipstick, I’m usually wearing this. With a sheer flush that is almost identical to my natural lip colour, the combination of natural shea butter, vitamin E, and natural Australian flower essences means that my addiction to the scent (vanilla and melon) is a healthy one.

Sensai lip palette.
I was recently given this palette which features a selection of Sensai Rouge’s Vibrant Cream Colour and Intense Lasting Colour shades, and – mixing shades like a mad scientist – I have become obsessed. Because Sensai is a prestige Japanese skincare and make-up brand (part of the Kanebo group) I had high expectations, but have truly never felt a lipstick as moisturizing (thanks to the addition of their luxurious Koishimaru silk, I believe) and buildable. If you need further proof of the formula’s excellency, check out Kristen Stewart’s ‘perfect lips’ as Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman: only Sensai lipstick was used.

winter lipsticks 2012
(Swatch order: Deep Red Sinner (left), Scarlet Red Sinner (right) – both by Lipstick Queen, terre d’Oc Lipstick ‘202’, and Lucy B ‘Nudie’.)

winter lipsticks 2012

lancome rouge in love
One of my fantastic writers over at She Said Beauty – Dani – wrote this review of Lancome’s Rouge in Love lipsticks. Now, I’m not one suckered by ad campaigns – so before hearing her rave review, I hadn’t taken it upon myself to try the lipsticks.

Now, I’m on the bandwagon. I ran off to Selfridges and purchased 322M – Corail in Love (right) and 381B – Violette Coquette (left). While I tend to opt for lipsticks with colour colour, there are plenty of natural and pinky-hued lipsticks for those of you who were put off at the aforementioned purple lipstick. (I imagine Rouge Rendez Vous is quite a big seller).

My review? Dani was so right. These babies are maintain the comfort of a lip balm, sit beautifully on the lips, and have a buildable-to-full-coverage range of colours. I want them all.

lancome rouge in love

Emma Watson Vogue
As part promotion of the final cinematic chapter of Harry Potter – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – there is quite a bit of Emma Watson in US Vogue‘s July 2011 issue (shot by Mario Testino). Her cover and spread are filled with the best of Fall/Winter 2011; Prada to Tom Ford, Aquilano.Rimondi, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more.

The “Emma Watson’s New Day” photos are so breathtaking that I barely noticed the male models – Jeremy Irvine, Luke Treadaway, and Tom Hughes – were there.

See the rest of the spread and part of her interview below! View Post

Siri Tollerod
When it comes to most celebrity/model-endorsed cosmetic lines, you can feel the “I’ve been coaxed into this” vibe. An upcoming line of multi-purpose lipsticks created by Siri Tollerød doesn’t run that risk. What will be called “Siri for Zanzuel” will be used three ways – for the lips, eyes, and cheeks – and will be sold both online and in Scandinavian salons for Spring 2011. No ridiculous endorsements – just a solid beauty product. A must have!