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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Review: ABH Liquid Lipstick 

If you’ve read my recent post on theBalm’s Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick, you’ll already know that I resisted the liquid lipstick trend for a loooong time. I was perfectly happy with Mac lipliners and matte or satin finish lipstick and more recently fell in love with Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in the comfort matte finish and 24/7 Glide On Lipliner. But I now own a few liquid lipsticks from the theBalm and I must confess, I’m largely neglecting the rest of my lipstick collection in favour of them.

So I decided to include a liquid lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills in my recent birthday beauty haul, to see if it would become a instant hit with me as well.

ABH has become wildly popular of late – between their brow products, their liquid lipstick and their Glow Kits (my birthday haul included Moon Child), their products are all over Instagram. So when I ordered this lipstick in the shade Dusty Rose, I was fairly confident that it would turn out to be a decent product at the very least. 

The first thing to say is that I LOVE the shade. ABH describes it on their website as a nude mauve. As ever, such mauve shades are a favourite of mine but on my very fair skin (Mac NW10) they are by no means a true nude shade. Dusty Rose is so easy to wear and would work on a range of different skin tones and with many different makeup looks.

The formula is long wearing and can be touched up when you’re out and about without it turning into a crumbling mess – a vital characteristic in a good liquid lipstick!

I have one issue with this product – the somewhat parched feel of it once it has dried down. It feels far more dry on my lips after an hour or so of wear than the Meet Matte Hughes liquid lipsticks from the theBalm. In my opinion it also looks more dry and therefore excentuates the natural lines on the lip itself. This is a shame as I do really love the shade but am more likely to reach for theBalm’s Charming instead as it looks and feels more comfortable.

I’ll still use this lipstick, maybe with a little lip balm underneath, but sadly it fell just short of the high standards theBalm have set for me re. liquid lipsticks.

What’s your favourite liquid 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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