If it wasn’t already obvious I’m a budget kinda gal and right now money is tighter than ever. But sometimes you need a treat to keep you smilin’. For years I’d kind of avoided wearing lipstick. Even as a teenager I hated the feeling on my lips and ended up wiping it off after about an hour.
I feel ya, kid.
But since hitting my late twenties, and admittedly a little late to the gane, I discovered the joy of matte lipstick. I was treated to M.A.C Ruby Woo by an old boyfriend and now I haven’t looked back.
Of course my budget right now does not have room for such luxuries. But my problems were solved when Make Up Acacemy (MUA) introduced their Velvet Lip Lacquer
into the MUA Luxe range. I was in love and for £3 it was a total bargain! Back when they first came out I picked up three from the original range; Kooky
, and Funk
But recently MUA brought some more shades out and I treated myself to Dare
Image taken from muastore.co.uk
The packaging is nice and simple but looks good; a frosted glass tube and the branding on the cap in gold. The applicator is like what you would find with most lip glosses. Similar to a lip gloss when you apply it but it then dries matte.
Like most mattes I’ve used you have to put a little prep into your lips. A little exfoliation and some balm helps to create a smoother application. One thing I’ve found is that they can latch onto chapped skin and crumble. But once it’s on then it’s ON. It’s kiss-proof and has great staying power. But how does it fair with food and drink?
Image taken post-pasty destruction
In the photo I am pouting slightly to show that there was some smuging it wasn’t a great deal. It was nothing more than I would have expected and certainly less than a glossier number.
So while I wouldn’t recommend leaving it at home I think it’s just one minor issue compared to a lot of positives. The colour is rich and well pigmented, application is easy, comes nicely packaged and did I mention it was £3?! So cheap!
Are there any colours you love in their range? Have you tried them out? I’d love to know what you think!
The nights are getting lighter, the days are getting warmer. Time to get sleeveless and fearless.
I spent many a year suffering under sleeves in hot summers. No more!
Doing the job I do I don’t opportunity to dress up and often feel so tired that on days off I just want something casual to wear to run errands.
I picked up this juicy little number
from my local New Look in the Inspire section. It’s light and comfortable. There’s a decent amount of room under the arms but it doesn’t bag.
The design is so cute and colourful and I don’t have to compromise my comfort.
I teamed it with a denim mini skirt, again from New Look (an eBay find. Apparently denim mini skirts are impossible to find.)
I did splash a little femme on this and treated my lips to some MUA Luxe Lip Laquer in Reckless.
I love these so much I bought another two. Goes on as a gloss and dries to matte. The colour is a deeper red than what I’d typically wear but the colour is rich and gorgeous. It has great lasting power although does need a re-application after a meal.
Last month I took another visit back up to the wilds of the Lake District to visit my family.
Now if there’s one thing my home town has is charity shops and it was while I was browsing with my mum that I found this little cutie
Checking the label it seems to be from the TU range from Sainburys which made it even better because I’ve seen some of their knitwear going for £20.
Just a meagre £4 and it was my clutches!
£4? Are you sure?
You’ll hear many bloggers expending the virtues of trying everything on and I have to agree. This jumper dress is a 22 and I normally wear a 24/26!
The material is so soft and excellent quality. Brown is not a colour I think I’ve ever owned but I love the mix of brown and blue with an almost festive pattern.
Lipstick is MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Laquer in Funky