Hello Internet Peoples! I hope today is going really well for you, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. And if it’s not, then I hope things get better!
Today, I’m going to do a tiny little review of a very special item I picked up in Paris recently. I’ve been known to enjoy a good lipstick- I’ve not got the biggest collection, by any means, but I have a few, and the ones I do own are very well loved (they’re mostly MAC lipsticks, which are just generally the bomb.com). However, on a recent trip to Paris with two of my loveliest friends, I got sucked into the world of Sephora on the Champs Elysées, and ended up investing in something super special…
Now, ever since I got to France, I’d dreamt of buying a really special red lipstick. When you think about chic, parisienne women, you think of rouged lips, right? There’s actually a Buzzfeed article about the most popular MAC lipstick for each country, and unsurprisingly chez les français, it’s a red- Russian Red, to be precise. So, just before Christmas, I bought myself a Russian Red in Galeries Lafayette, as a little treat for making it in France for so long. I loved it and still love it, but I still had this niggling little want for a really French lipstick- you know, an iconic French brand, that proper parisienne pop of rouge on the old levres. And that’s why, when I found myself in Sephora a few weeks ago, I ended up buying my first YSL lipstick, in Orange Imagine.
I was only at the counter for a few seconds before the assistant (a really lovely, helpful and sweet guy) came over, and asked if I needed any help. I said no thanks, but he kind of looked at me and said “You like a red lip, don’t you?” I nodded, and before I knew it, he was swatching away on my hand. He told me he thought Orange Imagine would be the best shade for me, because it looks lovely on people with green eyes, and really helps to bring them out. A few seconds later, he’d popped the lipstick on to show me how it looked, as well as touching up the rest of my make up (he was a general babe, who just showered me in love for ten minutes. I can deal with that!). I absolutely loved it, and a few seconds later, I was walking out of the shop with a dainty little Sephora bag on my arm, my new baby resting comfortably inside.
Let’s talk about the packaging first, because OH. MY. FLIPPING. GOODNESS. It is stunning. Pure, shiny gold- it just screams luxe. I love the fact that it’s a uniform colour, too; it’s not like the inside of the packaging is different. It looks so glamorous, and I love pulling it out of my handbag, just even to look at it!
The lipstick itself is amazing quality. With my MAC reds (I have Russian Red and Ruby Woo, and if you know anything about the latter, you’ll know how notoriously difficult it is to apply, i.e. sandpaper lips because SO DRY), I always find I need to apply a lip balm or some kind of base before putting them on. The formula of this lipstick is however, incredibly creamy and smooth, making it super easy to apply. The longevity is also fantastic- it stays on pretty well throughout the day, although as with most lipsticks, you will need to top it up a little! The great thing about this lipstick is that you can also easily wear it without a lip liner, which means it scores extra bonus points with me.
My favourite way to wear a red lip is with very little other make up. They always say choose either they eyes or the lips, and make just one bold! So I normally do my usual base make up, and then a brown liner across the top of my lash line, to very subtly define my eyes, a quick coat of mascara, leaving the lipstick to do the rest of the talking.
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Happy #internationalwomensday everyone!! I hope all my fellow females are feeling liberated and fabulous today. 2 things I'm doing in a nod to this day- 1, wearing my new red lipstick because it makes me feel feisty, and 2, I'm going to do some lessons on women/feminism with my students this week. Girl power! ✊🏻❤️🚺
This has very quickly become my favourite lipstick. I feel like this one has serious sentimental value- I bought it after a really amazing day in Paris, on the Champs Elysées, and it’s such a beautiful colour and that packaging… woof!
I know not everyone likes daring to go red, but I love it. It makes me feel really confident and feminine (and a little bit French, not going to lie!), and I think if you can get all of that from a lipstick, then it’s worth spending some money on yourself. We all get our confidence from different places, and if that’s going to give you a little boost, then you do you, sister!
I’d also like to say how amazing the people in Sephora in Paris are- I get that they’re trying to sell products, yes. But in every other beauty shop, even the Sephora in my town, they aren’t anywhere near as helpful as the guy who helped me out that night.
Thank you so much for reading, as always- it’s been nice to try something a little new on here! Tell me some of your favourite lipstick brands and colours- what should I try next?
Lots of love to you all!