Saturday, 7 July 2018

My Current Lipstick Collection

If you've been following me on this blog for a while—a month? a year? three years?—you would probably notice that I almost never mention makeup. If you know me in real life, you'd know for sure that I'm not into makeup almost at all. That being said, there is one cosmetics item that got me weak in the knees—lip products. So, I may not have concealer, compact powder, blusher, mascara, eyeliner or eye shadow—and only just purchased my first ever foundation recently—but I own a lot of lip products. In fact, my so-called 'everyday makeup routine' is a smear of lipstick on my lips—now perhaps a foundation and lipstick for blusher—and I'm ready to go. What can I say? Lipsticks are just so alluring, they make my lips look much thicker than they are—usually two thin lines that disappear when I laugh—they really make you look so put together with minimal effort, and they come in various attractive packagings. Who can resist, right? I thought I'd share my collections with you guys, since I love them all and maybe you'd love them too.

NYX Butter Lipstick

Shades: BLS09 Candy Buttons + BLS10 Hot Tamale

It was one day when my sister was looking through some online stores in search of NYX lipsticks that we both bought these ones. Being a complete noob on the whole makeup situation, I thought I'd just start with one shade, Hot Tamale, while my sister bought two shades. I love my choice so much! It's much more orange than what I had expected—which was red—but it looks good on my lips. Orange is my favourite colour too, although this one is more vermillion. People keep noticing how nice they look on my lips, so I'm glad. Then my sister gave me her Candy Buttons one because it doesn't suit her at all—while on me it looks like the lighter shade of my lip colour. It looks almost as if I wasn't wearing anything with it on. I love that they're quite oily, since my lips tend to dry out. But, they tend to go all over the place—especially in intense heat—and easily wiped off, so it's quite hard for me to put on sometimes. They are true to colours, though, so you definitely get what you see. The reason I wanted NYX was because they're cruelty-free—although the parent company L'oreal isn't—but unfortunately not paraben/toxic-free.

Mineral Botanica Moisturising Lipstick

Shades: 011 Raspberry Blush + 012 Choco Madness

These are my most recent purchases and I'm still very much smitten with them. My sister and I just happened to stumble upon them at the mall and I was quickly sold. First of all, all their products are cruelty-free and locally made. This line in particular is parabens-free and antioxidant-infused. They are truly moisturising without being too oily or smeary with the most pigmented colours. Honestly, they have the best selection of colours. Mineral Botanica also sells Cushion Foundation, which I use in the shade beige, on top of which I draw a line on my cheeks with either of these lipsticks and blend to create a blush. Genius, no? (No, not really.) My sister also loves these lipsticks and was tempted to purchase one for herself after wearing mine for a bit—but she got the foundation instead. I love how well they made the chocolate colour, which looks incredibly red on my lips.

Burt's Bees Lipbalm

Flavours: Pink Grapefruit + Honey

Burt's Bees aren't actually for sale in Indonesia—well, at least not in department stores. You can look for them online—some vendors have them available—but for quite a handsome price. I actually do love them and had been meaning to try them out. They're cruelty-free as far as I know, use organic ingredients for their products and use recycled material for their packaging. These two I've got were brought to me by two different friends from two different countries. The grapefruit one was bought for me by my good friend Mimin from the US. It's part of their save-the-bee campaign and I'm so happy to have contributed to their cause—although technically Mimin was the one who paid for it. The honey one was brought to me by my good friend Iva from Germany. I must say they are rather on the pricey side and that's why I can only get the lipbalm—which I don't believe ever does anything for my dry lips. I'd like to say nice things about them, but they haven't worked magic on me, unfortunately.

Other Lipsticks

Revlon Colourburst Lip Crayon (240 Spectaculaire)

Benefit Benebalm

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss (GLG833 Fleur)

Here are some lipsticks that come in singles—two of which were handed down to me. Let's start with the Revlon lip crayon. I first found out about lip crayons when I watched one of Zoella's videos in 2014. The concept sounded interesting to me, so I was just pining over it. One day—I don't remember when, where or how—I just got one. The colour is really red and pigmented. The crayon melted one day, though, and it's become rather difficult to apply. It also doesn't stay on too long, but doesn't smear too easily. The Benefit Balm was given to me by my sister, after I used it far too many times. It doesn't really have any prominent colour, but very moisturising and flattering. It gives the lips that little glimmer that makes it look a lot more kissable—so to speak. Now it's all emptied out, though, but it was one of my favourites. The L.A. Girl liquid lipstick was given to me by my old friend Cynthia after one of our little collabs. I fell in love with it because the colour looks good on my lips and she let me have it. It dries quickly and doesn't smear—unless mixed with oily food—but it dehydrates my lips quite a lot. None of these brands are either eco-friendly or cruelty-free, to my knowledge.

What's your favourite lip product? I'd love to try out some more!

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