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Beauty: The Beauty Bay Colour Cosmetics Box #BBDaretoShare

Posted on October 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

As a complete beauty fanatic – with a special place in my heart for makeup in particular, there’s nothing like discovering and trying out new beauty brands – whether they’re actually new on the market, or just new to me.

So I was very excited indeed, when Beauty Bay sent over an amazing box including some of their top selling products for me to try out and share with you – I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

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Starting with the (£9.00) – Spectrum really do make the prettiest, most colourful brushes – and they’ve been on my wish list for a while so I was really pleased to find one in my box. The Large Domed Powder Brush is a generously sized brush, perfect for buffing powder-based products into the skin. It has a fun baby pink handle and purple and blue bristles – this is definitely a brush that stands out from the crowd! I’ve been using it with the Artdeco Fixing Powder (coming up next) and it does a fab job of applying the powder and buffing it in to the skin.

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The  (£11.75) – is basically a translucent setting powder. It was originally designed to set and waterproof the Artdeco Camouflage Cream but it’s also great as an all round setting powder for any skin type. The powder is super finely milled, and though it looks white, it applies translucent whilst giving makeup a waterproof finish to ‘lock in’ your look.

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I was also pleased to find a couple of pen style eyeliners in the box – the  (£15.00) was the first I tried – it has a firm, long pointed nib, that’s great for creating sharp, thick lines, and it gives highly pigmented colour that boasts longevity and refuses to smudge. And the (£11.25) is basically the opposite of the EOH liner – this one has a small, fine, flexible tip, that’s perfect for creating slim, feline flicks with precision. It’s also waterproof, budge proof and lasts all day.

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There were also a couple of  (£14.50) in the box – these polishes are ‘free from five’, vegan friendly and cruelty free, and come in generous sized 15ml bottles. Shade Elegance (shown above) is a sheer baby pink shade, perfect for a tint of colour and to give the nails shine. And I also have shade Simplicity which I love! This is a light nude beige – perfect for fairer skin tones like mine, and only takes a couple of coats for full opacity.

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Next I have the  (£19.00) – now this is a brand that I haven’t tried or let alone even heard of before! The GA-DE Basics Matte Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition product containing a collection of sophisticated matte eye shadows – and I have to say I absolutely love it!

This palette contains a selection of eight neutral matte shades, which are all easy to wear and perfect for daily use. The compact is basic but sturdy and has a mirror in the lid, and the shadows are just so amazingly soft and fantastically well pigmented – this is going straight in my makeup bag and will definitely give my Urban Decay Naked Basics a run for its money!

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I also have the  (£11.00) – another lovely product from Ga-De, this True Color Satin Lipstick in shade 232 Plum Noir is a lovely deep plum colour that’s perfect for autumn. The formula feels creamy and moisturising, and leaves a highly pigmented satin finish that is long wearing and feels lightweight and non-drying on the lips.

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Next I have the  (£16.50) – which is said to be perfect for fine, brittle lashes (this is basically my eyelashes) – so I had high hopes for this product!

The Goddess Mascara has been formulated with Natural Waxes and Oils, Antioxidants, Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamins to protect and nourish lashes whilst lengthening and volumising. It has a silicon brush with short, dense bristles that work really well on my short lashes. The finish isn’t  an out there ‘false lashes’ look as such, but it nice, non-clumpy and natural enough for every day wear.

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I was also really excited to try the  (£15.00) – again, Stila is another brand that I haven’t used for a very long time – I think their Eyes are the Windows palette was the last item I used actually. The Stay All Day Matte’Ificent Lipstick is a lightweight, long wearing matte finish lipstick, utilising a Flexible Film Long-Wear Complex which delivers a soft, gel like film that hydrates and protects the lips whilst ensuring maximum adhesion of colour.

Shade Coquille is beautiful muted, dusky pink, which I completely love. The formula feels comfortable and creamy to wear, and even though the finish is matte, it’s not drying on the lips, and lasts for hours on end.

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And lastly the (£9.95) – I LOVE LA Splash Matte Lipsticks, and this one in shade Ghoulish is the perfect partner for my Stila lipstick – the shades are almost identical!

If you’re looking for a matte liquid lipstick that literally lasts all day, then look no further. LA Splash’s Lip Couture lipsticks offer amazing pigmentation, with a super lightweight formula that feels velvety matte and smooth once it’s dried – and it won’t budge at all throughout the day.

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So there we have it! You can probably guess that my favourite item from the box was the Ga-De Matte Palette! Though it’s not much to look at – and I mean that in the nicest way possible – there are no frills, no shiny sparkly designs or packaging with this palette – but it doesn’t matter, this is a fantastic every day matte palette that’s very likely to become my go-to from now on.

And as far as Beauty Bay goes as a whole, I love that offer such a fantastic range of brands – many of which you can’t find anywhere else in the UK. I don’t expect I’d have ever come across the likes of Ga-De especially if it wasn’t for this box. They also stock brands such as Makeup Geek, Coloured Raine, Jeffree Star, Violet Voss and Dose of Colours to name but a few.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples and is sponsored by Beauty Bay

WIN a Limited Edition Jeffree Star Beautylish Liquid Lipstick Set!

Posted on June 18, 2016

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Hi Guys!

It’s giveaway time again! Some of you will know that US site Beautylish offered very limited edition boxed set of three brand spanking new Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks last week. It sold out within minutes, and I was SO PLEASED that managed to pick a set up for myself, as well as one for you guys! 😀

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The set contains three of Jeffree’s latest Liquid lipstick shades:

  • Gemini – a terracotta warm-toned nude.
  • Rose Matter – a soft neutral rose coral.
  • Mannequin – a light cool toned nude.

These shades really are must haves for fans of a nude lip. Personally I think Gemini is absolutely stunning, and I’m a Gemini too so clearly it’s a match made in heaven! Today I’m giving away a full set of three Liquid Lipsticks in an exclusive Beautylish box to one lucky reader. All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below –


As usual, the giveaway will run for four weeks, and it’s also open internationally. If you have any questions please feel free to ask – good luck!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Sleek Makeup Whimsical Wonderland Collection & New Matte Me Lip Shades #SleekWhimsical

Posted on June 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

One of my favourite budget beauty brands is back on the blog today, with a whole new range of products! Sleek Makeup have just launched their limited edition Whimsical Wonderland collection, containing candy coloured lipsticks, brand new cheek stains and a pretty pastel toned eyeshadow palette – and in complete contrast they’ve also released six new deep mauve and wine shades of their Matte Me lipsticks…

Roll Up! Roll Up! Welcome to a Whimsical Wonderland of fun-filled fairground rides, candy floss and pastel prettiness! Our new limited edition Whimsical Wonderland collection takes a leap into the punchy pleasures of pastels and exciting summer hues. Try a quirky twist on vibrant eyeshadow, glisten pretty with shades for your cheeks and lips.

Stating with the All The Fun of the Fair i-Divine Palette – this palette has the same slim casing and 12 circular pans as the rest of the i-Divine collection palettes. The All The fun of the Fair palette contains a selection of pretty, summery pastel shades in both matte and shimmer finishes.

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I’m completely in love with Sleek’s VIP Lipstick formula – it’s easily one of the best on the highstreet, and also one of my favourite budget lipsticks. The Whimsical Wonderland collection features three new Lip VIP Lipstick shades –

  • Big Shot – a bright warm coral peach.
  • Hottie Tottie – an intense coral toned pink.
  • Fancy Pants – a bright cool toned lilac.

Following the theme of the collection, these shades are bold, bright and fun. The formula is creamy and comfortable and the colour payoff is just amazing. The finish of the VIP Lipsticks is a velvety demi-matte, and the soft, creamy formula feels wonderful on the lips. These lipsticks are definitely a must have for fans of a bold and daring lip!

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Sleek have also introduced a brand now product with this collection – the Sweet Cheeks cheek stains. They have included three new Sweet Cheeks cheek colours which correspond with the above three VIP Lip shades –

  • Hullabaloo – intense pink.
  • Lickety Split – coral / orange.
  • Tomfoolery – violet toned fuchsia.

I must admit, the Sweet Cheeks stains do look a bit bright and intimidating on first glance, but you’ll be pleased to hear that the product has a silky and almost gel like formula, which applies quite sheerly for a flush of colour across the cheeks.

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And lastly the new Matte Me Lipsticks are just gorgeous! Matte lipsticks are everywhere at the moment, and Sleek’s offering definitely shouldn’t be overlooked – these six gorgeous shades range from mid pinks to deep reds and mauves – quite a contrast to the Whimsical Wonderland collection. Though some of these shades are on the darker side, they’re all completely wearable – I particularly love Velvet Slipper and Shabby Chic, which is the perfect my lips but better shade. The formula is slightly drying on the lips over time, but that’s to be expected with a matte liquid lipstick. These are really long lasting, and are definitely worth their £4.99 price tag.

  • Vino Tinto – a deep mauve wine.
  • Velvet Slipper – a mid mauve pink.
  • Bittersweet – a light peachy pink.
  • Shabby Chic – a light muted pink.
  • Fired Up – a true bright red.
  • Old Hollywood – a darker classic red.

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Overall this is another fab collection of products from Sleek, and as ever both their VIP and Matte Me lipsticks really are fantastic – a definite must-try if you’re on the hunt for some new budget lippies.

The Whimsical Wonderland collection is available now from .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Must Have Spring Beauty!

Posted on March 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I know it’s a bit late, but Happy International Women’s day for yesterday!.. 🙂

As you can probably guess, this post was supposed to go live yesterday, but if you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed I wasn’t having the best day – pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong! So between trying to get everything sorted out and work shifts and seeing to Fred, I didn’t get a chance to finish this post.

Anyway, onwards and upwards hey! I’ve been trying out some gorgeous new beauty products lately, and I’ve put together my recommendations for a few ‘must have’ products for Spring – enjoy!

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So to start with, I had to include the  (£4.00) – fans of the brand will know that every year, to mark International Women’s Day L’Occitane launches an exclusive product to support women in developing countries. They’ve actually been working with women of Burkina Faso for over 30 years now to produce the fantastic shea butter used in their products.

The Ultra Soft Balm is this year’s product. It’s a fab little multi-purpose moisturiser, containing 98.6% shea butter, it’s super nourishing and can be used pretty much anywhere on the body. It lt also has a lovely light rose scene and comes in a pretty tin which is the perfect size to keep in your bag for application on the go.

L’Occitane will be donating 100% of profits from this product to fund special local projects to support the women of Burkina Faso – so this is definitely a must have.

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I don’t know about you, but now we’re moving into the spring, I’m all about glowing, healthy looking skin. And this  (£12.50) is perfect for giving your complexion a lovely light sheen. If you’re not a fan of foundations or coloured bases, you can wear this on it’s own to give skin a healthy glow, or if you wear foundation, its also great as a primer. Personally I’ve been mixing it with my current base to give my skin a touch more luminosity.

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Though I love the idea of natural, glowing skin, unfortunately my complexion is less than perfect right now, so I still like to conceal blemishes and my under eye dark circles. Lately I’ve been loving the  (£17.50) – this concealer gives fantastic buildable coverage that doesn’t settle into fine lines. The formula is super lightweight and demi-matte to give a ‘second skin’ feel too, which I love. There’s nothing worse than cakey looking and feeling concealer!

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Highlighters are also really popular right now – and I’ve literally just fallen in love with the  (£25.00) – it’s a gorgeous duo powder created specifically to warm and brighten the complexion. The formula is not glittery or sparkly in any way, this is pure ethereal glow in a compact and I can’t get enough of it! Both powders actually look pretty similar on my swatch above, but one is more of a pale gold, which is fantastic for adding warmth to the complexion, and the other is a light rose pink which is great for adding brightness and luminosity.

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On to blusher now, and this  (£12.50) is just perfect to add a touch of sun kissed glow to paler complexions. The swatch above is a swirl around the pan mixing the gold and coral shades together – you can see the colour is very subtle, and has a touch of shimmer. This works really well applied a bit heavier on the apples of the cheeks, or lightly applied over the face almost like a bronzer to give skin a radiant glow.

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On to lips now, and I’m very pleased to say I’ve been trying out one of the rather fabulous and highly anticipated  (£18.00) – I mean, it’s a lip product that looks like a cocktail shaker, need I say any more?

Ok I will, so as a teen of the 90’s and coming of age around the 2000’s, Lancome’s Juicy Tubes were a must have for makeup enthusiasts – my friend actually bought me one for my 17th or 18th birthday and I was absolutely made up! Lancome have now launched their latest product in the Juicy range – the Juicy Shaker! This combines the juicy lip look from their original Juicy Tubes but in the style of the Shaker, one of Lancome’s early products from 1946 based on a cocktail shaker.

So basically this product has a biphasic formula, meaning it has two phases, which need to be shaken up and mixed before application. Juicy Shakers combine a special blend of oils with an infusion of pigments, that when shaken, gives a sheer vibrant lip colour that feels silky, smooth and comfortable on the lips with no stickiness. It’s also worth mentioning the interesting looking cushion applicator – it’s short and stubby, and velvety soft to touch. Kind of like a pointed velvet sponge which absorbs the product ready for application.

I love how this feels on my lips, it’s basically like a coloured lip oil – and there are also 14 shades available which each have different fragrances too. This is definitely a spring beauty must have!

Whilst on the subject of fresh and rosy lips, I also have the rather aptly named  (£18.00) – this fantastic balm moisturises, protects and soothes lips, with added SPF 15 and an exclusive blend of moisture-preserving sugar, nourishing precious oils and antioxidant-rich polyphenols to leave lips feeling wonderfully soft and supple with a pretty rosy tint.

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And lastly, at the other end of the spectrum to glossy, shiny and silky lips, we have matte liquid lipsticks – another trend which has shown no signs of slowing down. Everyone wants gorgeous pigmented matte lips that won’t budge – including me, so I’ve included two of my favourite brands here – LA Splash and Coloured Raine. Both brands are US based (sorry) but they do both offer fantastic liquid lipsticks in a massive range of colours, that are really quite reasonably priced. I definitely recommend checking both sites out if you’re looking for a liquid lipstick.

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear which products you’d recommend for spring? xxx

This post contains press samples

Kiko Midnight Siren Limited Edition Collection

Posted on November 4, 2015

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Hi Guys!

What I love about Kiko more than anything – well actually just as much as their very reasonable prices – is that every collection they come up with brings something new to the table. No two limited edition collections are alike, from the products to the outer packaging, Kiko constantly offer brand new and interesting products. They’re also a fantastic option for MAC fans on a budget!

Kiko’s latest collection is called Midnight Siren, which focuses heavily on the contrast of fresh, glowing skin, with dark, vivid colours for eyes, including shades of intense petroleum blue and emerald green. Lips are full and sensual, enhanced by a radiant matte finish, and eyebrows are disciplined and expressive, without being weighed down.

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So let’s take a look at the products –

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First up is the gorgeous Silk Pearl Illuminating Bronzer in 01 Radiating Honey, £14.90.

This is easily the stand out product of the collection – this beautiful bronzer contains three shades, which can be used alone to bronze, highlight and illuminate the complexion, or mixed together to give a gorgeous glow. This product gives a soft focus finish, perfecting the complexion like a beauty balm, yet it brushes on easily like a powder.

The colours are light enough to work well on my fair skin, and will also suit medium skin tones. I love how this bronzer gives my skin a natural light tan – I’m usually very pale so this gives my complexion a welcome dose of colour!

I should also mention the packaging. Like nothing I’ve ever seen before, this bronzer arrives housed in a midnight blue shimmery sphere. Though it looks pretty awesome, this is not a product you’d be able to just throw in your makeup bag, as it takes up quite a lot of space!

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Next we have another ‘spherical’ compact product – the Cream Radiance Highlighter in 01 Twilight Gold, £10.90.

This highlighter is just beautiful. Again housed in a sparkling sphere – but smaller than the bronzer – the formula of this product contains micronized pigments and precious pearls for a radiant and smooth finish that really does last for hours.

The texture of this product is quite unusual, it’s kind of a fusion of a gel and a cream. It’s really soft to touch, and when applied, it transforms into a powder that’s a dream to work with.

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Next is the Shape and Shimmer Eyebrow and Highlighter Pencil in 02 Auburn and Redheads, £8.90.

Admittedly I could have done with the darker shade here, as the pencil is slightly on the warm side for my colouring, but it’s a fab little multi-use product, that’s perfect for filling in and shaping brows, as well as highlighting the brow bone – or anywhere else you’d like a bit more precision with highlighting.

The brow end has a fine tip and gives a natural matte finish, the formula is also wax based so it helps to sculpt the brows as well as being long-wearing. The highlighter is the perfect size for highlighting smaller areas of the face, such as the brow bone, cupids bow and the nose, and this shade is a lovely warm champagne which is just beautiful.

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Next is the Dark Tide Eyeliner in 06 Black, £7.90.

You know I’m a big eyeliner fan, and Kiko eyeliners are fantastic value for money. The Dark Tide Eyeliner in 06 Black is an intense black shade, perfect for creating a waterproof cat eye flick. There are also five other shades in this eyeliner collection, each a deep dark shade with a hint of colour. There’s also a really handy sharpener built into the end of the pencil too.

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And lastly the Matte Muse Liquid Lipstick in 03 Enthrall Pink, £6.90.

This is a wonderfully creamy liquid lipstick that dries to a stay-put matte finish. Enthrall Pink is a pretty bright coral pink shade, and there are five other shades of pink, rose, red and burgundy in this collection.

As with all matte lipsticks, the liquid formula dries to a velvety matte finish, that’s completely non transferrable and lasts for hours upon hours before re-application is needed. I also want to point out the slightly odd shaped applicator, I wasn’t sure what to make of this at first! It actually does a good job of evenly applying the product – those who use liquid lipsticks will know that application can be a tricky business!

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So there we have it. What a fantastic collection! If you haven’t tried Kiko cosmetics before I highly recommend you take a look at their site. They also currently have an offer on where you can get a free Matte Muse Lipstick when you purchase three other items from the Midnight Siren collection!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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LA Splash Cosmetics Lip Couture Liquid Lipsticks

Posted on August 27, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Apologies for being AWOL the last couple of days, I’ve been super busy at home then ended up with a splitting headache yesterday. I’m back today though with some gorgeous liquid lipsticks to share with you!

I’ve had these little beauties for quite a while now, but I’ve been really busy lately so I’ve only just got around to reviewing them. LA Splash had been vaguely on my radar for a while, but for some reason wasn’t really a brand I was interested in – I think this was just because they’re US based, making purchasing a bit of a pain, and I’ve been trying to save money too. It was only when I saw these liquid lipsticks up for sale in a Facebook group that I became very interested indeed!

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I love liquid lipsticks, and the bright purple and ‘greige’ shades here caught my eye especially, so I just had to snap them up 🙂

If you haven’t heard of La Splash, they’re a US based cosmetics company, known for their lip colours as well as offering a few other beauty products.

The Lip Couture Liquid Lipsticks offer rich and intense, waterproof shades that leave a velvety, matte finish that won’t transfer. They’re very much like Lime Crime’s Velvetine’s, or Anastasia Beverley Hills Matte Finish Liquid Lipsticks.

If you’re a fan of Liquid Matte Lipsticks, the formula is pretty similar between the above mentioned brands, the product itself has a lovely creamy yet light texture that glides on the lips with ease, giving amazingly intense pigmentation that dries to a full on matte finish.

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The shades I have are (from L – R) – Ghoulish, Criminal and Simmer Bliss.

Ghoulish is a beautiful muted beige with a hint of grey – or ‘greige’ as it’s now know as.

Criminal is a bright and intense mid purple.

Summer Bliss is an orange toned bright coral.

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I’m not sure why, but the applicator for Criminal is slightly different to the others. Maybe this was produced at a different time? I didn’t buy these originally myself so I’m not sure!

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Ok so I’m in love with these shades! They’re by no means the easiest to wear colours, but I think they’re fab none the less. The formula is definitely one of my favourites out of all the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, but as always, you need to make sure your lips are in tip top condition before applying, as liquid lipsticks are not very forgiving, and will highlight any dry areas on your lips which never looks good!

And because this stuff does not budge at all (it seriously takes a lot of rubbing to get this stuff off) LA Splash also offer a Shea Butter Lip Couture Remover, which has been specifically made to remove this product. I haven’t tried it though, I’d love to hear if you have and if it’s any good? I think it’s a fantastic idea if it works!

LA Splash’s Lip Couture Liquid Lipsticks are $14 (£9.07) at LA Splash Cosmetics.

I’d love to hear what your favourite liquid lipstick is? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx