20 February 2018


Red lipstick is loud, it's elegant and it absolutely means business. Red lipstick matters. Why? Because it can transform any outfit and any mood with the slightest slick of the bullet. For me, the right red lipstick makes my skin look brighter and my teeth whiter, it makes me feel confident and put together. Whenever I wear red lipstick, I feel as though I look like me. 

Red lipstick is sexy and provides a warning to lovers that they should absolutely approach with caution. Earlier in the month I mused over nude lips and despite dedicating the post to the carefree, easy neutral shades that I enjoy wearinf, I made it undeniably clear that red lipstick was and is my first love in the business of cosmetics. Were I to be ever asked onto Desert Island Discs, alongside a an LP of 'Supersonic' by Oasis, my luxury item would be red lipstick. (For anyone interested my book choice would be Shantaram).

Whilst my red lipstick collection boasts many formulas and finishes in hues of everything from very vermillion to coral, there is one particular lipstick formula that I call upon time and time again when I need my lips to feel comfortable but also look polished and...red.

 Velvet Matte Lip Pencils 

I have two velvet matte lip pencils in my collection. The first being my day time favourite, 'Red Square' - I wrote about it here. Red Square is a true red, an orange based red that sits for hours on the lips without feeling dry or uncomfortably 'bobbly'.  

When the sun goes down, I tend to opt for a deeper shade of red, you could argue this one is more purple toned of which I agree. 'Endangered Red' is a shade that I discovered on a makeup tutorial uploaded by the beautiful Violette_FR. And whilst I don't have the same skin tone or hair colour as Violette, I knew that Endangered Red would look just as good against my pale skin, especially with a kohl liner smudged under the eye.


12 February 2018


I've always struggled to find nude lipstick shades that really do something for me. I naturally have very pale, sun sensitive skin with a blue undertone and naturally pink lips. The typical English rose.

 Because of this, I am a rouge lipped maven at heart and i'll always pick a red over a nude however, there's something about the carefree ease of wearing a nude lipstick that I throughly enjoy. Low maintenance and easy - like getting ready for the evening following a day at the beach when your hair is tousled and your skin has a radiant glow. 

I remember when 'concealer lips' were a thing. In years 8/9 of high school, I almost always covered my lips in the palest ivory shade of 'Dream Matte Mousse' from Maybelline (which I thought looked the biz). Especially when teamed with spidery, crusty eyelashes and my Bench jacket - thumb holes includes.

Finally, after many years of experimenting with makeup - I have at long last found my tone in nude lipstick - with much trial and error I might add. My first ever high-end lipstick ever purchase was 'Angel' by MAC, simply because it was rumoured to be one of Kim KW's favourites! It truly did nothing for me, far too baby pink in tone and if anything, it only exacerbated my natural flush. I still have it now. It lives on in my makeup collection as a warning incase I forget what i've learned and decide to dabble with bubblegum pink lips again.

My nude lipstick tone is one with a coral/orangey or brown undertone

I have a few nude lipsticks in rotation that hit this brief. The one I reach for almost daily is 'Cake' from Glossier. This much hyped sheer matte lipstick is ideal for working a dialled down look. No makeup, makeup if you like. Perfect for giving your lips a bit of something without committing to colour. My favourite nude lipstick is 'Stoned Rose' by Charlotte Tilbury. - This is a full bodied coral/brown lipstick that is so comfortable to wear and stays put all day long.

Other favourites include: 'Triumph' from Makeup Revolution's Renaissance line and the classic 'Velvet Teddy' from MAC. This one isn't the most comfortable to wear, due to its matte formula, but it looks great and particularly sexy with a grey smokey eye!


6 February 2018


The night these pictures were taken, it was date night. Adam and I hadn't been able to get out together for a while due to one thing or another, the main reason being the laborious process of moving house! However, on this day, we had been able to actually walk around our new house and the occasion called for a meal and a celebratory clink of glasses filled with a mellow red for me and in Adam's case, a chilled Rose (lol).

My favourite part of going out...Is getting ready

I love taking the time to get ready to go out, being able to get creative with my make-up, take my sweet time, use products i've not had the time to play with and most importantly, immerse myself in the process of choosing something sassy to wear! I really can't wait for all our house stuff to be over and start making date night more regular again, I have a whole host of outfits that need to see the light of day!

It has to be said though, I will really miss my little dressing table nook nestled in the window of our old bedroom. It's the spot where, all bleary eyed, I applied my everyday makeup ahead of a day in the office, it's where I got myself ready for my best mates 25th birthday party, house warming gatherings, work nights out etc.

But, with change comes bigger and better things. With a bit of luck, by the time you're reading this, it'll almost be time to start moving everything into my new office/dressing room space. I can't wait to get in there and put my own stamp on it! Hopefully i'll be able to share some of my decorating process with you too!

On this particular date night, I decided to whip out one of my favourite winter outfit combos, a black turtle neck layered under a playsuit with chunky tights and heeled loafers...

My playsuit is the stunning Burn Baby Black Velvet Romper from Tobi. I call upon this piece time and time again for when I want to add a touch of colour to my #ootn without looking too OTT - not to mention the fact it complements a bold red lip perfectly.

Here, i'm wearing 'Rogue Verite' from And Other Stories on my lips, it is one of my favourite deep red lip shades, not to mention how comfortable it is to wear. It has to be said, I also can't wait to be able to wear this printed playsuit in the summer with bare legs! Ah, the chance would be a fine thing!

I accessorised with a black, quilted clutch and not forgetting a final spritz of the classic L'aimant by Coty This outfit is definitely getting recycled and restyled for Valentine's Day. Adam and I are going back to the restaurant where it all began on our first date. The pizza is good too. 

Heck, I might even wear a variant of this combo for a Galantine's date with my best friend Hannah -  We're going for pizza (common theme?) and to see the new 50 shades film, so I definitely think the stretchy waistband of my favourite Tobi playsuit will be needed!

Heeled Loafers: TU | Necklace: Tate Gallery Earrings: Weekday

* Post contains gifted items from Tobi
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