The Quest for the Perfect Berry Lipstick

Probably the post I am most excited about. I love me a berry lip. I know I say this about every lip colour but really, berries are my favourites without a doubt. That’s why I have worn down my poor Milani Sangria. It probably hides when I’m looking for lipstick to wear because it’s definitely one abused lipstick.

My berry collection is pretty small though…

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Left to right:
• Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria (check out review here)
• Jordana Twist and Shine Moisturising Balm in Cranberry Crush (which i have reviewed here)
• Milani Color Statement Lipstick in matte Flirty

It took me a bit of thought to include Flirty in this line up. See for yourself in the swatches

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Top to bottom: sangria, cranberry crush, flirty

Flirty (review of this coming soon) swatches differently from the way it applies. It looks more berry but on my lips, it looks like a berry toned red. So I almost included it in the red lipstick post. I also noticed that Flirty and Eldorado Red looked similar when swatched

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Top to bottom: matte flirty, eldorado red, sangria

Notice how similar the two look? But they look miles apart when worn so they are definitely NOT dupes of each other. Eldorado Red has more brick undertones while Matte Flirty has more berry undertones.

Like before, I should mention that cranberry crush isn’t exactly a lipstick, but it’s a tentative way to venture into wearing berry lipsticks.

What is your favourite berry lipstick? Any recommendations?

Love and hugs,

Beverly xx

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Say adiós to chapped lips with Jordana’s Twist and Shine Moisturising Balm Stain

“No I have too many lipsticks, so I don’t want any more” said no girl ever, amirite? 😂
So today I’m coming at you with a review of one product I’m excited about. I’m pretty late to the party on these but I still hopped onto the bandwagon so hey, better late than never right? Let’s dive right in!

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Twist and shine moisturising balm stain is Jordana’s version of the chubby lip pencils that are all the rage lately.  The balm stain comes in 10 colours but I picked up Cranberry Crush because of my love for all things berry.    

What Jordana claims: Moisturizing Balm Infused with a Light-Weight Stain
• Applies with a Glossy Finish then Transforms into the Perfect Flush of Color
• Long-Lasting
• Retractable, No Sharpening Required 

I agree with all these claims except the long-lasting bit (read on to find out why)

Application is a dream. It glides on super soft and easy and feels buttery soft on your lips. You don’t have to worry about messing up the application, the tip of the pencil makes application precise; you don’t even need to worry about not having a mirror.

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The balm is housed in a plastic colour-coded tube that I find very attractive, which the shade written on the tube. I tried this on when I had badly chapped lips (mehn this harmattan is so unforgiving!) just to see if it lives up to its claims. I applied it before bed and when I woke up, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was still some of the balm left on my lips and my lips were soft with not a chap in sight. Woohoo! The balm stain is very forgiving. It does not settle into lines or feather, but there’s a little bleeding because of the texture. There’s a slight smell but none so overpowering, but no discernible taste.

They aren’t as pigmented as a regular lipstick so don’t expect this to stick around for too long– I get at most 3 hours of wear but there’s a beautiful berry stain left behind when the shine disappears. I should add that there is no noticeable shimmer, which I’m glad about cos I don’t know how I would feel about walking about with my lips glistening like a diamond 😂

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The balm stain contains 0.095/2.7g of product, which is a lot more than the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm and the Mac Patentpolish Lip Pencil.

I apologize not for not having a hand swatch. My camera could not properly capture the gorgeousness that is cranberry crush.

I’m definitely impressed with this, and I would definitely recommend it. In fact, I’m thinking of getting Rock and Rouge too! I love the retractable feature, meaning there’s no waste, just twist it up when the tip becomes blunt. 

I rate this 5 yays! Deserves even more but I have to hold my excitement in.

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Wearing Cranberry Crush. I love how it compliments my very subtle makeup and is pigmented enough to hold it’s own.

Pros:
• Moisturising
• Retractable
• Lightweight
• Flattering on all skin tones
• Not sticky or tacky
• Does not feather or settle into lines
I could go on and on

Cons:
Absolutely nothing

Tried it? Loved it? Hated it? Share!

See y’all soon

Beverly xx