Matte Lips 101: My Faves & Some Tips

Hey strangers.

You good? I AM! I have a big life update that I am SO excited to announce hopefully in the next few days (nope.. I am not pregnant ha)… I also think this particular thing will be a good thing to blog about too… so keep your eyes peeled for that guys!

ANYWAY… how are you all? I feel like it has been so long since I had a normal chat with you all… are you all excited for the next few months? Some of you might have started Uni/gone back to school… let me know! I’d love to know if you have had any big life changes too.

So.. I feel like I am a LITTLE late to jump on the bandwagon but I don’t really care HA.. I wanted to blog about it so HERE I AM. I am the biggest lover of writing about things that I have become obsessed with.. especially when they are beauty related. SO… I thought it would be fab to talk about MATTE LIPS.

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There are SO many matte lipsticks to pick from .. it can be a LITTLE bit tough to know which ones do work and suit you.. and I have found my firm faves (and erm.. some not so good ones). Lets see what made it to my list ey?

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams

WHAT A SHOCKER that these are featured ey? These little babies are so popular in the blogging world.. so it is no surprise that they were the first ones I tried when it came to be picking one up. So.. let’s have a run through the shades I have in my tiny collection…

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Birthday Suit

This was actually the first one I picked up.. and to be honest.. it is my only negative one (boo!). I tried my hardest to like this but it just was not working. I think the shade of it just did not go with my skin tone. It made me look way too washed out and like I had concealer on my lips. The formulation itself is fab but the shade is a big NO for me.

Velvet Slipper

Now.. this shade is more like it. It is a stunning, dark pink, mauve colour and I am obsessed with it. It reminds me a little of my Revlon Matte Balm that you will know I am obsessed with… although it is slightly on the darker side. I think it is the perfect shade for moving into Autumn  and it is so worth picking up.

Vino Tinto

This has to be my favourite shade out of the 3 I have. It is a dark purple/berry colour… which is absolutely PERFECT if you are after that stunning, vampy look. I LOVE wearing this when I have a TON of highlight and a cat eye. I know this will definitely be my fave look in the colder months!

(Top – Birthday Suit, Bottom Left – Vino Tinto, Bottom Right – Velvet Slipper)

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WHY I love these:

  • The staying power of these is SO GOOD. Once on your lips… it is there to stay HA. I do find that with Vino Tinto, the colour fades on the inside of your lips after a few hours… but this can be normal with darker lipsticks (unfortunately)
  • They dry VERY quickly.. I find that within 5 minutes… it is literally dry to the touch and does not transfer onto anything
  • There is a fab variation colours if you like your darker, autumnal shades (which.. ahem I DO)
  • THEY ARE A FLIPPING FIVER

NOT so good points:

  • I find that if I reapply during the day .. they get very crumbly (ew), it is best to just completely remove and reapply if I need to (which is an absolute b**** because it is SO hard to take off). This is why I am chuffed that they last quite a while!
  • Personally.. the shade “Birthday suit” is WAY TOO light for me… it is loved by so many other bloggers but it just does not work for me *cries*
  • You NEED a matching lip liner. Trust me on this. The first time I applied this I did it without one and I looked like a mess, HAHA.
  • They are slighty  on the dry side.. and you can definitely feel them on your lips. This does not really bother me… but if you are not a fan.. I’d say avoid them

Bourjois Velvet Rouge Edition

I have seen these floating around the blogging world… so when my mum decided to pick a few up.. I wanted to give them a go to see if they were worth the hype they had. They are slightly more on the pricier side compared to Sleek, costing around £8 each.

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Shade: Don’t Pink Of It

I am normally not a wearer of baby pink shades.. I much prefer brown-y nudes or mauve-y pinks (or all out gothic lipstick)… so I was not sure if I was going to like this. BUT… it is a really pretty, muted pink colour. It is amazing for everyday when you want something quick and effortless.

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WHY I love these:

  • They are so easy to use and I find I do not need a lip liner for these (woop!)
  • They last for a VERY long time.. and if I need to reapply, it is easy enough and there is NO crumbliness
  • It feels so comfortable on the lips and there is no dry feeling at all
  • The consistency of these is AMAZING.. it is very creamy and almost like a mousse!

NOT so good points:

  • They are not as pigmented as the Sleek Matte Me’s, and I also have not been able to find a perfect dark shade in Boots!
  • There is some transfer when you do the “test” ..(OK that sounds weird.. I mean the test of kissing the back of your hand and seeing if there is any transfer, hehe)

Mac Matte Lipstick in Whirl & Primark Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Dark Purple

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Now.. if you have read my previous post you will know how obsessed I have been with this little gem. I have only ever owned one Mac lipstick before (I know… slap on the wrist for being a bad beauty blogger).. but I finally caved in and purchased Whirl. This was again influenced by all you girls out there (seriously .. you damage my bank account).

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WHY I love this:

  • Let’s face it.. brown lipsticks have been HUGE this year… and this is the absolute PERFECT shade for my skin tone
  • It is so creamy and easy to apply, and the pigmentation on this is INSANE

NOT so good points

  • The only negative I have.. the fact that they cost £15 a pop (eeeek!).. but as mentioned.. the are 100% worth the splurge and I will be picking up some more!

Primark

Now.. if you have watched my last video you would have seen me using this little guy… Primark have a fab range of lip crayons… including nudes, reds and dark shades (wooo for Primark!).

WHY I love this:

  • The colour of this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL… if you love your dark purples… you will love this… it is just the PERFECT Autumn shade
  • It is so easy to use… I feel like I literally colouring in my lips with a pencil (ha).. it is effortless!

NOT so good points

  • Unfortunately.. these are not the longest lasting things (well.. I wasn’t expecting much as they only cost 2 quid)..  It’s a good thing they apply really easily ey.

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So they are my fave matte lip products that I have found and become so obsessed with (erm.. besides Birthday Suit). I’d love to know if you have tried any of these and what your thoughts were!

NOW… lets go through a few tips that I have picked up when it comes to matte lips… because COME ON GUYS.. we all know that matte lips are not the easiest to work with right?

  • Exfoliate your lips well beforehand… whether it is using a good old toothbrush, or  Lush lib scrub.. it is so essential that you remove all that dead skin on your lips to ensure you have a smooth base to work on
  • After exfoliating… use your favourite lip balm to moisturize your lips so you have the perfect base
  • I find using a lip liner is so essential when it comes to matte lips as it ensures you have an outline to work with. It also makes any matte lip last so much longer and intensifies the colour so much

Right guys.. I hope this was helpful for you all if you are on the hunt for some matte lipsticks! I have never been much of a glossy/sheen lip girlie… so it is matte lips ALL THE WAY for me. I am always on the hunt for more matte products.. so do let me know your faves girlies. I will appreciate it.. although my bank balance will probably kill me for it.

Have an absolutely AMAZING day… I am off to film a video and create my marble background for my blog photos (I FINALLY brought some marble sticky back plastic… woo!).

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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London Diaries: OOTD, Essentials & LYDC♥

Hey loves!♥

Happy Sunday… how has your weekend been so far?! Hope you have had an amazing one!! I have just had a very lazy, chilled Saturday (especially after my busy weekend last week!).. I’ve just spent the day taking blog photos.. reading some blogs (obviously).. and then just having some relaxing time!! I think it is always SO helpful to just have a weekend (especially if your week is SO full on and busy) to literally just chill out and not do too much (OK.. what I am trying to say is just spend the weekend at home being a lazy slob HA!)… DON’T JUDGE ME GUYS.. I have not had one of these weekends for a while hehe!

RIGHT THEN…. lets get on with this shall we! I am so excited for this post (as I seem to be about every single one HA!) – if you read my previous post HERE about my time at the Bloggers_Hangout event, you would know that I was going to do ANOTHER post about my trip to London, which would BASICALLY include my OOTD, travel essentials and just general chit chat! SO… I really hope you like this style of post my loves! Have a peek below……

Now… I want to give you a quick few tips that I followed when I travelled to London that definitely helped.. and some things I DIDN’T DO WHICH YOU GUYS SHOULD AVOID TOO! So hopefully girlies.. this will make your coach/train/car journey to anywhere a little bit easier!

Do’s♥

DO – Leave your house without makeup (GASP!).. I know.. but honestly I had to get on the coach at 5:40am.. and this would mean waking up probably a whole HALF HOUR EARLIER THAN I HAD TO.. doing my makeup in darkness AND trying to apply eye-liner/mascara to the world’s puffiest eyes – NOT FUN GUYS. Also.. if you tend to doze off on your journey, your make-up has died already. I did my makeup on the coach (yes.. it was difficult BUT I WAS SUCCESSFUL!).. but you can always do it when you stop off somewhere

DO – Stretch your legs when you can – if you are on a coach/train, whenever it makes a stop, just get up from your seat and walk down the aisle and back to your seat.. this helps avoid your poor feet getting swollen/falling asleep

DO – Double up your huge tartan scarf as a blanket… this was a lifesaver for me. Coaches can get quite chilly .. AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO TO GET IT WARMER.. So my scarf was a LIFESAVER for me and my sister

Don’ts♥

DON’T – Leave the house without headphones/a phone charger/back up charger. I had my back up chargers for my phone.. BUT WE FORGOT HEADPHONES!! So this resulted in me and my sister watching Gossip Girl with SUBTITLES.. I hate subtitles ha! We actually picked up a pair from London for the journey home (obviously they were cheap and broke.. but hey, they lasted us our trip!). I know this might sound weird.. but I actually do not own any decent headphones AT ALL! I think I really need to get myself some guys!

DON’T – Overdo it on the water. I know.. I cannot believe I am writing this either. I am the biggest water drinker EVER.. But I cannot even deal with coach toilets! If you are on a car journey.. then it is fine because YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER STOPS ETC.. But with coaches they normally never give you time to stop at services etc. Instead.. I stuck to eating things like grapes/strawberries etc.. and sipped on water every now and again to keep myself hydrated – BUT NOT GULP DOWN A WHOLE LITRE LIKE I USUALLY DO!

OK… So these are just a few tips I picked up through my PERSONAL experiences on a long haul coach journey! I would LOVE to know what your tips are loves! It is not usual I use public transport now as I drive.. however, a 4 hour drive to London, then driving/parking in London.. and a 4 hour drive BACK on the same day…hmm, I didn’t really fancy that to be fair :(.

RIGHT THEN… onto the NEXT part of this post.. MY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS!♥

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BLOGGER ESSENTIALS♥

Phone (for obvious reasons)

Camera (again loves.. obvious)

Charger (I don’t know about you.. but my phone cannot go a day without needing to be charged again AT LEAST ONCE!)

Headphones (please see my DON’T list above)

Purse (where else are we going to store our business cards loves)

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TWO KINDS OF SPRAY♥

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Facial spray (I have my make-up setting one, but I also had my rosewater toner.. it is AMAZING at making you feel more awake on boring coach journeys… AND it makes your skin feel amazing!)

Body Spray (I do NOT fancy carrying around a beautiful BUT BLOODY HEAVY perfume battle all day – so WOO for sprays in plastic bottles that smell yummy!)

THINGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL PRETTY♥

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Make-up (as mentioned above.. I had my WHOLE make-up bag with me to do my make-up on the coach.. BUT my essentials are definitely eye makeup, highlighter, a bright lipstick – OH and concealer)

Hand cream & Lip Balm – (come one loves… I cannot be the only one who LOVES putting these on.. I feel like I am having a little pamper sesh in my seat when I do!)

THINGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL CLEAN/ALIVE♥

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Make-up wipes – (for taking off makeup on the DREADED JOURNEY HOME – and to also save you if you make a mistake whilst applying your make-up on a BUMPY COACH

Tissues – (tissues are just everything.. where would we be without tissues guys?)

Toothpaste & Toothbrush – (I carry these around DAILY haha! So of course.. they are an absolute ESSENTIAL for travelling.. especially if you have had a bit of a snooze and just want to feel refreshed.)

Chewing Gum – (Can help if you feel sick whilst travelling, and also just as a general refresher)

Painkillers – (FOR THAT DREADED HEADACHE YOU WILL MOST LIKELY GET FROM BEING ON A COACH SO LONG)

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Snacks – (Oooh… definitely an essential for me guys.. I cannot go 5 hours without SOME SORT OF SNACK. Keep the snacks “clean” and small.. fruit, breakfast bars and some cheeky chocolate will keep your energy up until you can get some PROPER FOOD)

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So.. they were my little SAVIOURS on my coach trip! Make sure to let me know what travel essentials YOU need! Of course.. ALL of these (and more.. make sure to check out my What’s In My Bag post) were stored in my FAVOURITE HANDBAG EVER*. This bag just literally comes EVERYWHERE with me… it is honestly the BEST bag for travelling (for me anyways :P)… it is SO spacious and structured, so everything just stays PUT and doesn’t fly around everywhere! It is also SO BEAUTIFUL.. and matches with practically every outfit I have. I think another ESSENTIAL for travelling is definitely a backpack style bag… with my FAVOURITE being THIS ONE from LYDC .. I just LOVE the colour of it.. SO PERFECT FOR SPRING!♥

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You can check out LYDC London for similar bags.. I have *all the heart eyes* emojis when I look at their range! Make sure to check them out… AND don’t forget to use my code “SAIRA10” to get 10% off!

Outfit Of The Day♥

Let’s get onto… my OUTFIT NOW WOO! Of course if you KNOW ME BY NOW GUYS (which I hope you do).. you know my obsession with pinafores. So OF COURSE.. I had to have a pinafore for my trip to London right? Have a peek below angels!♥

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Ohhhh I just cannot get over how much I love this pinnie .. it is also from New Look just like my denim one.. but this one is SO COMFORTABLE and soft.. and I also know I can wear it for work too, YAY!

I am in absolute LOVE with my speckled jumper… I saw it in a charity shop the day before I went to London and FELL IN LOVE. I ADORE jumpers of this style and colour… so literally GRABBED IT! It also kept me SO WARM.. I know this jumper will look absolutely perfect with my denim pinnie too! Trust me girlies.. if you haven’t already .. go out and buy a pinnie!

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I knew I would be walking around ALL DAY.. so I wore my trusty black Primark ankle boots.. I could literally walk up a mountain in these (erm..OK.. maybe that is exaggerating HA!).. BUT I definitely had no trouble walking round London AND hopping on and off the underground in these shoes.. I LOVE THEM! For my hijab.. I just stuck to my favourite black and white one to finish off the look!

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GUESS WHO IS ROCKING NUDE LIPS GUYS! I am LOVING them so far.. definitely a change from my regular red/berry tones.. but nude lips are PERFECT for spring!

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So that was my outfit for that day … I definitely felt SO comfy but well put together too! I definitely think black pinafores have a smarter “feel” about them… and I adore mine!

Outfit Details♥

Black Pinafore – New Look

Speckled Jumper – Charity Shop

Bag and Pom Pom – LYDC*

Shoes – Primark (Similar HERE)

Hijab – Market

Lipstick – MAC Velvet Teddy & Kiko Milano 06

SO ANGELS.. For the rest of the day me and my sister just spent some hours strolling round London as you do.. I literally LOVE the city SO much.. and need to come here more often (it is SUCH a struggle when you live up North though!)… I will hopefully be planning a weekend trip here JUST FOR THE SHOPPING YAY!

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OK THEN… I REALLY hope you liked this insight into my day at London as well as the tips/advice for travelling! I would LOVE to know what your tips are.. and also if you have been to London lately (OR IF YOU LIVE IN LONDON!). I was SO excited to put this post up.. so I honestly hope♥ you guys REALLY enjoyed it! I am now going to chill for the rest of my Sunday.. before being back at work tomorrow! I will see you in my next post lovelies!♥

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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