Lottie London Lip Kit

Since I had brain surgery in late January, I’ve been even more housebound than usual. I’m managed two short outings with my family since then and on both occasions I test drove this Lip Kit in the shade #TBT from Lottie London cosmetics. It has been waiting patiently for it’s moment for quite some time so I figure it deserves it’s own ‘first impressions’ post.

The first thing to note is that the shade of the liquid lipstick is considerably darkened (based on what you’d expect from looking at the tube) when the lipliner is used underneath. This surprised me but wasn’t a bad thing as such. Here’s how both products swatch separately and how it looked when they were both worn together:



{My first post-surgery makeup application, complete with hair scraped up to hide the scar}

Having tried wearing both products together and then just the liquid lipstick alone, I prefer the former. The lip look lasts beautifully through eating/drinking when both products have been used on the entire lips; no transfer and minimal fading. The liquid lipstick alone created a shade that was closer to the shade in the tube but the longetivity wasn’t nearly as good. The lipliner is nice and creamy and without it, the liquid lipstick felt and looked considerably drier.

I’ll definitely get more use out of these products and recommend wearing them together for the best finish. At £8.99 for the pair, they are reasonably priced and perform beautifully when both products are used on the whole of the lips. While this shade looks pretty dark against my super pale skin, I think it would suit quite a wide range of skin tones. While the darkness was a surprise, I really like the richness of the shade.

These lip kits are available from ASOS and I think they are well worth checking out.

Do you like lip kits or do you prefer liquid lipsticks on their own ?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

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Metallic Red Lips: Jouer

I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog front lately; my broken brain has been torturing me even more than usual. This has severely limited the already meagre time I had available for wearing makeup and reviewing products. Now that I’ve finally taken this lipstick out for a couple of test drives, I’m ready to tell you what I think of it.

This liquid lipstick is in the shade Bronze Rose from Jouer. It’s metallic enough to look different from matte liquid lipsticks without being so over the top that you feel over dressed wearing it in the day time. Full-on metallic lips that look like liquid metal may be gorgeous when they appear in my Instagram feed but I need something more subtle for use IRL! 

It smells gorgeous in the same way that all the Jouer lipsticks do. The fragrance fades once the product has dried down though so if you’re not a fan of scented lip products, this shouldn’t cause you a huge problem. The formula feels like a moussey kind of texture as opposed to more liquidy formulas such as those by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

This dusky brownish rose shade is really easy to wear and would look pretty on a range of skin tones. It has impressive staying power and while there can be a little transfer, it’s nothing major and most of the product stays put on the lips. I’ve received a couple of compliments on the shade whilst wearing it, which is always a good sign.

I added the lip topper Skinny Dip from Jouer on top of Bronze Rose to create the above lip look. I think the lip topper caused more transfer than usual and a little stickiness but it did look lovely. The colour faded pretty evenly and lasted several hours including a meal. 

I like the Jouer lipsticks and this shade is lovely for winter. If you haven’t tried them and you’re a fan of liquid lipstick, I recommend grabbing one and seeing what you think. I also own a couple of ‘nude’shades from the brand that I find myself reaching for quite often. They haven’t quite toppled theBalm Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick from my Favourite Liquid Lipstick throne but they’re definitely worth checking out and may well become someone else’s favourite.

What do you think of Jouer lip products?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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Jouer Liquid Lipstick and Lip Topper

On the topic of liquid lipsticks, I seem to have gone from one extreme to the other; from not being remotely interested in them to owning several and rarely reaching for anything else. The brand I’m posting about today is one that has been popping up all over Instagram and after seeing so many lovely swatches, I finally took the plunge and bought a liquid lipstick and a lip topper from Jouer.

At £15 each, these products are in the Mac kinda price range, which for me means that I’ll buy one now and then but I expect them to perform well. I went for the shade Tawny Rose in the liquid lipstick and the lip topper in Skinny Dip. I purchased mine from the Cult Beauty website which is the only place that I’m aware of that sells them in the UK.

The packaging is sturdy but not too heavy. I like that it’s transparent so that you can see when you’re running low before you’ve actually run out of product. These products have a delicious fragrance that is sweet and for some reason reminds me of childhood…marzipan? I can’t put my finger on it but it smells lovely and doesn’t hurt my fragrance-sensitive brain, so yay! 

Tawny Rose is such a gorgeous shade! It’s a perfect colour for easy daytime wear. The applicator is small and doesn’t bend, which is the kind I like best for creating clean lines. It dries down relatively quickly. It can feel a little dry on the lips after a few hours wear but nothing unusual for a liquid lipstick. It survives eating and drinking impressively well.

Skinny Dip is an ideal way to lift your makeup slightly if you’re going out straight after work (I miss those days!). Applied on top of dried down liquid lipstick, it creates a gorgeous shimmer and also stops the lips feeling dry. Of course there’s no reason that it couldn’t be used during the day to sparkle up your lips and combat the dryness that tends to come with liquid lipstick.


{Me test driving Tawny Rose before one of my rare ventures away from home for a couple of hours}

I’m really pleased with these products. Obviously I’ve only been able to test them for a few hours at a time (Chronic Life restrictions 🙄) but I’m impressed with how transfer resistant Tawny Rose is. I think Skinny Dip should now live in my handbag to help me out on those occasions when the dryness of liquid lipstick alone is irritating me. I must check out Jouer’s more metallic liquid lipsticks…

Have you tried any Jouer products?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

This Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick has been waiting patiently for a while, looking forward to the day that I’d be well enough to take it for a test drive. That day finally came recently when I was able to go out to eat with my family. This post is intended to share my first impressions rather than an in-depth definitive verdict  – if I waited until I was well enough to wear this product for several full days, this post wouldn’t have been written for a looooong time. That’s Chronic Life for ya.


Let’s talk about the shade first. I found it difficult to tell online exactly what colour I was going to end up with, a not uncommon problem if you are forced to buy exclusively online as I am. Even with the help of Pinterest or YouTube swatches, there’s a bit of guess work involved. I opted for the shade Amore and was aware that it might appear darker on my very fair skin than on most online swatches.


Amore is a lovely deep berry kind of shade which in my opinion is a great choice for Autumn/Winter. I would say that it’s a lipstick that will look markedly different depending on skin tone, but I think it would still look pretty on anyone.


The formula dried down quickly and felt comfortable on the lips, thankfully not as dry feeling as Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Liquid Lipstick. It lasted well through eating and drinking, with the only signs of transfer and wear happening on the inner lip. Touching up that area was easy and no unpleasant crumbling happened when the product was applied over itself.

I found the applicator a bit annoying as it was a little flexible. I much prefer an applicator that doesn’t bend, as I find it easier to achieve clean lines that way. 


The shade ended up looking darker than it should have on me, as I found that getting the colour to look even took a couple of dips into the lipstick tube. As you can see, my lines aren’t quite as neat as I’d like, but I do like the colour.

Overall I like this product but it hasn’t succeeded in toppling theBalm’s Meet Matte Hughes from the ‘My Fave Liquid Lipstick’ throne. I’ll definitely get some use out of this Stila offering over the Autumn/Winter; it’s a good choice for when you’re going out for a meal and want your lips to require minimal  touching up. I’d be interested to try another shade from Stila, something a bit lighter, to see if performance varies between shades at all. If you’re looking for a berry shade liquid lipstick (and don’t mind slightly flexible applicators)  you should definitely check this one out. 

Wishing you good luck and happy days, 

Kindra x 

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Mac Lipstick Review: Twig

There are some shades of lipstick that you can reach for with complete confidence, knowing that it will work with your skin tone and with a variety of makeup looks. For me, Mac’s Twig  is one such lipstick. 

Mac describes the shade as ‘soft muted brownish-pink’. This shade comes in a Satin finish, which is a nice change from the matte formulas we all seem to have become obsessed with in recent years. It works well with Mac’s lipliners in Soar, Whirl or Dervish depending on your preference. Layering this lipstick over lips that are completely filled-in with one of these liners will really increase wear time. I feel that this shade has a bit of a 90s vibe going on but is easier to wear that some of the darker Browns that were all the range then.

As you can see, I’m very fair-skinned so while Twig is a relatively deep looking shade on me, it would make a lovely nude shade for ladies (or indeed gentleman) with dark skin. I actually can’t think of a skin tone this shade wouldn’t look pretty against. Along with Brave & Mehr, this is a shade I can always count on to help me look put together, even when I’m in a lot of pain and trying to mask it by wearing my shades…which is most of the time to be honest!

There are drugstore alternatives to this colour, but personally I’d rather buy one Mac lipstick than a couple of cheaper ones. They apply so smoothly and smell delicious.

If you’re relatively new to Mac products, I highly recommend checking out this shade. Regardless of current makeup trends, this is a lipstick you can always depend on to look lovely all year around.

Do you have a favourite Mac lipstick?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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theBalm Liquid Lipstick

The liquid lipstick trend has largely passed me by. I think this is because I remember the earlier versions that were on the market 10-15 years ago. As much as I liked the finish, the formulas left a lot to be desired; touching them up during the day was neigh on impossible to do without ending up with a crumbling, flaking mess.

I finally decided to see how far liquid lipsticks have come by ordering myself one from the Meet Matt(e) Hughes range by theBalm. While it is technically a drugstore product (available at Superdrug in the UK as well as ASOS and a wider selection at Feel Unique online and Debenhams), it is at the pricier end of the drugstore price range at £13.50, just a couple of pounds short of the price of a standard Mac lipstick. I opted for the shade Charming.

I was surprised to find that I absolutely love this lipstick! The formula is excellent. It applies smoothly and it’s easy to achieve an opaque finish. It dries down within a couple of minutes. Once it has dried down, beyond a barely perceptible tacky feeling if you deliberately press your lips together, there is no sticky feeling to put me off. You can certainly talk and eat freely without feeling like your lips are getting stuck to each other.

The fragrance of this lipstick deserves a special mention – it smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream 😋 It smells delicious to me but if you’re not a big fan of the scent it shouldn’t be too big a deal as it fades away once the lipstick has dried. There is a subtle cooling sensation on application but it’s barely noticeable.

The thing I love the most about this formula is that it is both genuinely long wearing AND if you want to do a minor touch up, it applies over itself perfectly – no crumbling yuckiness! Once dry it is also the most transfer-proof lip product that I’ve ever used. My 5 year old has named it my ‘magic lipstick’ because I can kiss her without leaving a lipstick print on her cheek 😊. 

I’m loving the shade itself. The brown has enough mauve in it to create a rich, gorgeous colour and it feels just 90s enough on me without looking dated. Against my fair skin it obviously is less of an actual nude shade but I think it’s one of those lipsticks that would look good on anyone. I’ve found myself reaching for it every time I’ve been well enough to wear makeup of late and it makes my makeup look far more ‘finished’ than it actually is behind the shades I have to wear anytime I’m out and about. 

Whether you’re a committed lover of liquid lipstick or haven’t really been on board with this trend, I highly recommend this product. Finally, a lipstick that actually does last through a meal without needed touching up (unless like me you do it anyway out of sheer force of habit!).

What your favourite liquid lipstick?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x 

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Rimmel Lipstick – Pink Blush 

 It’s always risky buying makeup online – shades rarely translate exactly from screen to IRL. Checking Pinterest or YouTube for swatches can be very helpful but it’s obviously not as reliable as swatching on your own skin in-store. My Chronic Life is  such that I rarely get the opportunity to visit stores in person so do the vast majority of my beauty shopping online.

  

 The lipstick I’m discussing today is from the Rimmel Lasting Finish range and is in the shade Pink Blush. This lipstick wasn’t a winner for me but it might be for you, so still worth a post in my opinion. I picked it up at a discounted price the last time I placed an order with ASOS. 

  

 

This lipstick has quite a strong scent, bit of a plastic/chemical/play-doh kind of fragrance. It doesn’t smell as strong on the lips as it does in the tube, which is good.

It applies quite nicely but transfers a lot which is not surprising from a non-matte drugstore lipstick. In order to increase wear time, I’d recommend wearing a full lip of lipliner underneath; the Rimmel Exaggerate liner in EastEnd Snob works nicely with it. 

  

The problem with this lipstick for me is it just doesn’t flatter my skintone. It swatches nicely but on my lips it just doesn’t work. It is too light a pink against my very fair skin – there’s a reason I’m usually drawn to shades with a more mauve vibe. It’s a shame because I really like the shade itself but it somehow clashed with the pink in my skintone.

If you’re checking out drugstore lipsticks and want a satin type finish as opposed to matte, having a look at this range would be a good idea. Although I’m not crazy about the smell, they’re inexpensive and Rimmel do some decent lipliners to help keep your lip look neat and long lasting. 

Do you like Rimmel products? Do you have a favourite?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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Urban Decay: Vice Lipstick and 24/7 Glide On Lipliner

Chronic pain and illness are real time thieves. I’ve had this lipstick and lipliner for quite a while but had to wait ages for a ‘good’ day to come along (where I was able to apply makeup and leave home for few hours with my family). Of course my illnesses steal much more than valuable lipstick-wearing time but this isn’t that kind of post…today I want to share my thoughts on these two products. 

 

Firstly, let’s talk shades. Urban Decay have released a whopping 100 shades of lipstick in their Vice collection, which containing 6 different finishes. The shade I went for is called Back Talk. Many of the Vice lipsticks have a 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil that matches exactly and shares a name. This is not the case with Back Talk so I opted for the pencil in the shade Rush. 

   
 

The formula of both of these products is really impressive. The lip pencil is soft and actually does what it says on the tin – it glides on. I was a little concerned at first that this might make it more prone to breaking (Mac’s Pro Longwear Pencil was a disappointment in this regard, see post here) but my concern turned out to be groundless. The colour went on smoothly and evenly without being at all drying.

The lipstick is a Comfort Matte finish and actually is very comfortable on the lips. It’s a touch creamier than most matte lipsticks and as such doesn’t highlight lines or unevenness on the surface of the lips. The lipstick is fragrance free as far as I can tell, which is great if scents can act as a migraine trigger for you as the can for me. 

   
 

The creamy texture of these products made me think they may not last too well. I was completely wrong on that too! I was genuinely impressed with the wear time and when I checked my lips to touch up after eating a meal and drinking coffee, I actually found that it wasn’t necessary. When I decided to reapply, more out of habit than necessity,  I found that the lipstick layered over itself beautifully.

  

  

{Above is me test driving these lip products. I look kinda weird because I was feeling overheated with the pain & very nauseous so foundation full on melted off chin and upper lip – the joys of Chronic Life!}

It terms of shade, these two products go together perfectly. The lipstick has a touch more mauve to it than the pencil. These colours would work well on a wide range of skin tones but obviously appear darker on me than most people, since my skin is on the extreme side of pale (MAC NW10 right now).

Overall I’m delighted with these products. I highly recommend that if you’re going to buy a Vice lipstick, you treat yourself to one of the 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils too. The two products together create a gorgeous lip look that’s both comfortable and long wearing. Obviously there are a lot of shades to choose from but if you’re a fan of Mac’s Brave or Twig lipsticks and/or their Soar, Whirl or Dervish liners, then Backtalk and Rush are likely to be winners for you. I can’t believe I’m saying it but I think I might actually prefer these Urban Decay offerings to my hitherto favourite lipsticks and lipliners from MAC!

Have you tried the Vice lipsticks and/or the Glide-On lip pencils? What did you think?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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Review: MAC Tendertalk Lip Balms

I LOVE lip balms. I’ve loved them since my school days, when we all kept pots of Body Shop lip balm in our pencil cases. Even when I moved on to lipstick, I always kept a balm in every handbag. 

In recent years my life has been altered drastically by chronic illness. I no longer get to wear my beloved lipsticks every day. The one thing I always have on hand though is lip balm, even when I’m stranded in bed by the pain and nausea; sadly that’s most of the time right now.

I was excited to read that MAC were releasing a range of tinted balms – the Tendertalk Collection.

 

The two shades I went for are Play With Me and Side Dish. These balms claim to produce sheer tint that is individual to the wearer, based on the wearer’s body chemist. Play With Me is a sheer red shade and Side Dish is a sheer plum.

   
 

The packaging is absolutely gorgeous. I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to shiny things and these tubes are reflective and change colour in the light beautifully, without being so over the top that you’d feel self conscious using one in public! The tubes are nice and sturdy as you’d expect from a product in this price range.

   
 

The signature MAC vanilla scent is present, which I’m pleased about. The balm does what you’d expect a decent balm to do – it makes lips feel soft and moisturised. It doesn’t particularly last any longer than balms like Benefit’s Benebalm but I find the tint to be more smoothly buildable (since they are very close in price, I’d choose these over the Benebalm which until now was my favourite).  As the balm wears away, a hint of colour stain is left behind.

  

These are definitely an indulgent purchase as you can get nice tinted balms at a cheaper price point, but personally I love these balms. I’ll be needing to go into hospital some time soon to have a hole drilled in my skull and a monitoring thing put in there for a couple of days, so I figured I’d treat myself to these and include them in my scaled-back hospital basics makeup bag. I don’t mind admitting that pretty little luxuries cheer me up and I’m glad I bought these – in fact I’m trying to stop myself from buying the other shades! 

Do you have a favourite tinted lip balm?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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