MLBB – My Lips But Better Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Stash Matters to do the “My Lips But Better” tag. For those who don’t know, as the name suggests, these are lip products that are a similar colour to your natural lip. By wearing such products it can bring out your lip shape, brighten your complexion and make you look more put together, without looking made up. I think the term “My Lips But Better” differs from person to person as we’ve all got different natural lip colours. I opted for a few that suit my colouring in particular.

1) Gerard Cosmetics 1995 – Warm brown with pink undertones, matte. I bought this lipstick just recently and I have to say I am OBSESSED with it. The colour warms up my complexion but I really think this will suit absolutely anyone.

2) MAC Mocha – Peach brown with yellow undertones, satin. Finding nudes for darker skin is especially difficult so when I found Mocha I was hooked. This is a natural peachy brown that is slightly more orange than 1995 and it really makes my lips look plump and full.

3) Bobbi Brown Rose – Medium rose, satin. This lipstick is one of my all time favourites. It is the perfect neutral pink that is lovely to wear during the daytime or if you want to go for that “no make-up, make-up” look.

4) MAC Twig- Pink with brown undertones, satin. Twig is a very popular bridal colour because of its neutral pink colouring. Some may find this colour a little too brown, but personally I love it for a MLBB look.

I’m not sure the pictures really capture the colours that well as they are all quite similar but I hope you can tell the slight differences between the lipsticks.

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This is a really fun post to do as I’ve been loving MLBB lipsticks recently. I tag the following people to do this post, I look forward to seeing your picks!

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Jay x

#MOTD – Bronze Eyes + Peach Lips

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Hello everyone! This weekend I wanted to wear a quick, fresh, warm make-up look that would be wearable during the daytime and would withstand the warm humid weather we’re currently experiencing in London. So without further ado here’s how I created this look.

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For the base I used my new Dior Airflash foundation in 400 Honey and buffed it into my skin with a buffing brush. For my concealer I took my trusty MAC Pro-Longwear concealer in NW35 and blended around my eyes using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

My eye make-up was done using the Heaven & Earth palette from MUA and MACs “Rule” Eyeshadow. I first took Rule (warm orange) and placed this in the crease as my transition colour. I then put Canyon (warm medium brown) from the palette all over the lid. I used Bedrock (cool dark brown) in the outer V and used Golden Sand (warm gold) on the first third of the eyelid and blended out. I made sure all the colours blended in seamlessly and cleaned the edges using a Q-tip. I primed my eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin. I didn’t wear eyeliner this time but simply curled my lashes using the Shu Uemera eyelash curlers and put two coats of DiorShow mascara on. My eyebrows were filled in as usual using Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Ash Brown.

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For my cheeks I used theBalms Bahama Mama bronzer and Mary Lou Manizer as the highlight. I skipped blush for this look.

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To complete the look I chose one of my current favourite lipsticks which is “Mocha” by MAC and topped it with “Salmon” from Gerard Cosmetics. This lip combo brought out the shape in my lips and made them pop! To set my make-up I used my Nars pressed powder in Mountain.

I really like the completed look as it complements my skin tone perfectly. What are your favourite looks to wear in the Summer? Comment below and let me know.

Gerard Cosmetics First Impression

DSC00567 Hey lovelies! So I was actually meant to be on a no-buy because I spent my shopping allowance in the first week after payday BUT BeautyBay recently had a buy one get one half price sale on Gerard Cosmetics and I thought it’d be a great opportunity to give their products a try. Gerard Cosmetics is quite a new cosmetics brand and recently became really popular because of their collaboration with Youtuber Jaclyn Hill.

One of the most raved about products from their line is the lipstick called “1995” from the Jaclyn Hill collection. I’m a bit obsessed with pinky brown lips at the moment so I knew I wanted to try this colour. I’ve also been searching for a peach lipgloss so I chose the Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in “Salmon”. The products are a little cheaper than MAC priced at £11.50 for a lipstick and £15 for a gloss.

When I received the products the first thing that struck me was the packaging. The lipstick comes in a gorgeous gold bullet which looks classy and expensive. What really impressed me though is the lipgloss, not only does it look awesome but it has a mirror on the outside on the tube and two tiny lights in the top that light up when you open the tube making it easy to apply in dim lighting.

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I am absolutely in love with the lipstick 1995, the colour is a really warm pink-brown, sort if like a warmer version of “Twig” by MAC. The formula is matte but comfortable. It lasts around 4 hours on the lips before reapplication is needed. The only thing I don’t like is the strong Camphor smell in the lipstick which can drying some peoples lips. The Salmon lipgloss has the most incredible formula I have tried so far. It is highly pigmented but really moisturinsing. Also NO stickiness! I love wearing this on its own or layered with a peach/brown lipstick.

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Gerard Cosmetics 1995 on the left and MAC Twig on the right
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Overall I’m really happy with my first Gerard Cosmetics purchases and will be looking into buying some more of their products, especially the glosses. Have you tried anything from Gerard Cosmetics before? Comment below and let me know. Jay x