Lip Products

Clarins Water Lip Stains

Hold the phones! This is not a drill…..but I think I found the PERFECT and I mean perfect summer products for the lips. These have literally only launched on Clarins counters yesterday and they are the Clarins Water Lip Stains and they are beautiful.


The lip stains come looking like they’re little nail polishes but obviously they’re not. Each bottle color corresponds with the color that you will get when you initially apply the lip stain on. Once they wear down they tend to be similar in shade color. I have to give a huge shout out to whoever designed the applicator on this product because it’s literally the best for getting a nice even coat on the lips in one go.


When first applied these give such plumpness to the lips, they are super glossy giving that high shine editorial effect. Pigmentation wise they pack a punch and all in the one coat. Once the gloss of them wears down, you’re left with a lovely soft matte stain to lips that, if I was to describe the color of it, is a nice soft Camilla pink. There are four shades in this total and the first of them is called Rose Water.


Shade two is for those of us who love to rock a amazing coral lip during the hotter months of the year. This shade is called Orange Water. 


No lipstick range is ever complete without a bold red shade and this is the perfect high pigmented red that Marilyn Monroe who have loved to own.


The shade is called Red Water and I personally love this with a minimum makeup look on the eyes in order to keep it the main focus in any makeup look.


This last shade is called Violet Water and it is my favourite of the four. I can never say no to a good strong vampy purple lippie and this definitely delivers. It’s not as deep as some purple lippies can be but it does have the strongest pigmentation with regards to the stain it leaves behind once the gloss of it wears down.


As mentioned these launched yesterday so they are available right now at all Clarins counter nationwide. I believe they retail for 21 euros a piece which in my opinion is very affordable given how unique of a product they are.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored. 
Lip Products

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks

I’ll be honest in saying that when people ask me to recommend good makeup brands to buy from, Clarins is not the first to come to mind. Skincare? Yes it comes first hands down but makeup not so much. That said, as of late, Clarins as a brand has been upping their game so much that they are literally kicking aside, in my opinion the other makeup brands that I would normally recommend.


One of their most recent launches has been a massive selection of new shades to their Joli Rouge lipstick line and these are called the Joli Rouge Velvets. First off can we please just appreciate the packaging. It’s honestly so elegant with how simple and classic it is. A simple gold reflective tube, couldn’t be easier.


From the Joli Rouge Velvet range I have one shade called Soft Berry. This is a gorgeous brick nude shade that definitely has a mauve undertone running through it. The formulation of these is what I would call a comfort matte. They are super buttery and creamy to apply. They dry down matte but yet still have a nice slip to them that ensures your lips don’t go dry and flaky. If mattes simply aren’t your thing then they also have incredible shades in their Joli Rouge Brillants range.


The Brillants have a glossy finish to them which does mean they don’t last as long on the lips as the Velvets but that’s the only place where the differ. Other than that they have the same amazing creamy formula with amazing pigmentation. I have two shades for this range.


The first is Woodberry and this is very much a classic mauve shade that literally goes with any, and I mean any makeup look.


The second shade that I have is Joli Rouge and this is hands down on of the most stunning red lipstick shades that I have ever owned. It’s the perfect glossy, marilyn monroe red shade that makes your lips look super plump and hydrated.


These lipsticks retail for 24 euros each and are available at most Clarins counters right now.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored. 
Lip Products

Clarins KISS Lipbalm

So it’s been about a minute since I last blogged anything on this website and the reason for this is because I was away on holidays. Most of the blog posts that were posts were pre-scheduled as I knew I wouldn’t really have access to internet while I was away. That said I’m back now and ready to get back into the swing of things with some new blog posts. Any requests leave them in the comments below.


With me being on holidays in the very hot country that is Lebanon, I ended up suffering from very dehydrated lips. My saviour as always came from the incredible brand that is Clarins Skincare. It’s very typical of me whenever I have something bothering my lips to head straight for the Clarins counter because I know their products work. Their Lip Oil is one of my favourite product ever and would have worked wonders had I remembered to pack it.


Instead of purchasing something I already knew I had back home I decided to take a chance and picked up their new KISS Lipbalm. This come in a cardboard tube with very cute and fun loveheart and kisses popped all over it. The lipbalm itself is amazingly hydrating and develops a slight pink tint as it reacts to the pH of the lips.

At only 14 euros a price tag I highly recommend this for anyone thinking of a new purchase from Clarins or even just needing a new lipbalm. It’s honestly the only thing that saved my lips over the summer. I also managed to pick up all three of their new Instant Light Lip Perfectors which I shall have a review of soon enough so stay tuned!

-Talk Soon xx


Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

Biggest downfall of this product is it is not cheap 😥 but boy is it good!!!!. I got this about 2 months ago and its a mini travel size version (30ml) of the full thing which I think sells in both a 50ml size and a 70ml size. Now the cost of this product is, and I dare say it, 17 euros which is pretty pricey for a 30ml hand cream. However it is amazing and I’m going to tell you why 🙂


Let’s start of with how cute the packaging is. This bottle is so small it literally fits into the palm of my hand. I love the plain white container, gives it a very classy look and the gold band around the lid adds a touch of expense to the products packaging. When I first opened this to try it, it was the smell that drew me. It smells like oranges and omg! does it smell good. Now I’m not normally a girl for fruit smelling things but this smell is so light and soft that its just irresistible.

The cream itself comes out white with a light orange hue from the tube. It applies beautiful even across the hands and doesn’t leave any greasy residue that you get with Lanolin based hand creams. Its fast absorbing, I found myself able to go about the house and touch things in a matter of seconds after applying the cream to my hands rather than having to wait a good five minutes for the cream to dry.


Its especially useful for the summer months of the year when the weather is especially hot and the skin on the hands are the first thing to become dehydrated. So dry hands beware with this stuff cause it’s very hydrating and gives a sort of plumping effect to the palms and back of the hands when applied.

All in all this is a good hand cream to have. People who don’t like the smell of oranges may not like it as much as I have but if your looking for a good hand cream than this is a guaranteed product. I know the price is super pricey but like I said I’ve had it for 2 months now and I’m only half way through the tube so it does last a while if your up for the splurge. Will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Lip Products

Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Paints

I was planning on doing a new releases post based solely on Maybelline because they have so many new products on the market this month it’s actually insane. The only problem with that is that I live in Ireland and so most new releases reach us when they aren’t so new *sigh*. Scratching that plan I’ve decided I would just review these new releases as I find them and so today I bring you a review of the Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Paints.

SAM_1893Now these did take me a while to find and that’s mostly because they have a different name in the US. The are called Color Jolts in the US and I had assumed that they were called the same here in Ireland. They’re not, here in Ireland they have named them colour Drama for some reason. Anyway I picked up two of these because Boots was having a buy one get second half price offer so I said why not. The first shade that I got is 110 Never Bare



This is a gorgeous your lips but better colour, especially if you have a lot of natural pigmentation in your lips like I do. I really like the packaging of this lip paints even though they look small. You get 6.4 mls of product in the tube and my favourite thing about them the sponge applicator. Yes it’s very similar to the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors applicator but I still think it was a good idea that they copied them.


Because the product is quite thick in formulation I think the sponge applicator enables you to apply the right amount of product without getting a thick layer of product onto the lips, which can be quite uncomfortable to wear espically with the darker shades. Speaking of darker shades the second that I got is 370 Vamped Up.


True to the name this is a really intense deep purple shade that looks really vampy when applied onto the lips. Pigmentation is a little bit sheer but if you apply a lip liner under it you should be fine.


As far as I know these cost me 7.99 euros a piece but because of the offer I managed to get them for less than 15 euros. I bought these in Boots but I think you can get anywhere that sells Maybelline at this point.

-Talk Soon xx


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Project Lip Oil Comparison + Giveaway


After writing four posts for this series I finally have gathered my thoughts on the winner of them all. I’m going to be comparing them all in the following categories: Price, Packaging, Applicator and Formulation. As a bonus I’m finally going to be doing my first giveaway and it shall be of the winning Lip Oil! Details on how to enter will be at the end of the post.


The most expensive of the Lip Oils has got to be the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils and that’s really because Clarins is a high-end brand. These lip oils retail for 19 euros a pop but the real question is are they worth it? If this was the only lip oil on the market like it was last summer, absolutely yes! However after trying out the different drugstore versions with the Essence Lip Oil being the least expensive at 3.49 euros I would say no. The Essence one works just as well as the Clarins if not better without the heavy price tag. For me price wise Essence wins.


All of the lip oils come in an acrylic tube. The difference between them is the size and thickness of those tubes. The fanciest is of course Clarins as this Lip Oil has a square thick acrylic tube that is small in size and compact. The BarryM Lip Oil packaging I personally hate! They have a defect in that there is not stopper when you pull out the applicator meaning the brush is covered in product. It’s also super messy to get back into the tube. The tube is also unnecessary long. The Catrice and Essence lip oils are similar in size however the design of the Catrice makes it the winner for Packaging in my books.


Each of these lip oils has a different applicator. The Clarins one for me is rather big which makes it great for covering the entire lip area in one swipe however I find that sometimes it dispenses to much product. The BarryM has a nice felt tip applicator that is straight in appearance and rotates when applying product against the lip. Because of the flaw in it’s packaging it still doesn’t work for me I’m afraid. The Essence one has your typical doe-foot applicator and favourite is the Catrice which has a heart shaped doe-foot perfect for hugging the curves of the lips.


Formulation is a bit of a tough one for me because they all claim to do the same thing. They all state that they hydrate and moisturizes the lips without being sticky. I don’t find this with all of them however. The Clarins one is lovely and thick making it very hydrating but also very sticky. It’s perfect when you need an overnight balm but for under lipstick it will take to long to be absorbed into the lips. The BarryM formulation is nice and light however I found that it doesn’t really last on the lips for than 2 hours. I’m finding I’m constantly needing to reapply. The Essence is lovely in texture however I didn’t really find it hydrating , it really just gave slip to the lips by sitting on them. My Favourite is the Catrice, major hydration and non-sticky and lasts for a good solid 6 hours without food! Love it!

I’m sure you guys have guessed which one is the winner by now but in case you haven’t its the Catrice Luxury Lips. I’m going to be giving this away to one lucky person. The competition is only open for those of you who live in the UK & ROI I’m afraid. Rules are below! enjoy!

-Talk Soon xx

Links to previous posts:

Project Lip Oil: Clarins
Project Lip Oil: Catrice
Project Lip Oil: BarryM Coco Loco
Project Lip Oil: Essence


Winner will receive 3 Catrice Lip Oils, one in each shade from the range. They must reside within the UK & ROI in order to be eligible for entry. In order to be considered please do the following:

  • Comment on this post what new project you would like to see on my blog.
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Winner will be announced on the 2nd of August 2016. One entry per person only.



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Project Lip Oil: Essence

You guys probably know the drill by now with regards to this project. I decided to this because I wanted to find alternatives to the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils because it is a rather high end lip oil in bought product and price. I have already done reviews for both the BarryM Lip Oil and the Catrice Lip Oil so go check them out before you read this one. Today post features the Essence  Prettifying Lip Oil in shade 01 I Care For You, Honey.


“Lip Oil for soft and smooth lips. With jojoba oil, Non-Sticky.”

Packaging is very very similar to the Catrice lip oil packaging in that it comes in an acrylic tube with a white applicator top. The applicator is a bit different in that it’s as narrow as the BarryM applicator but it does have a doe-foot end. This retails for 2.50 euros and I picked mine up from Pennys/Primark


The product itself has a very strong scent that isn’t unpleasant but isn’t the greatest at the same time. Formulation wise I think this sits in between the Clarins ones and the Catrice/BarryM ones, the Clarins is a very thick formula and the Catrice/BarryM have a slightly thinner consistency. This sits exactly in the centre. in that it’s not to thick and doesn’t apply thinly either.


The shade like I said is called 01 I Care For You, Honey and though it’s yellow in the tube it really doesn’t provide any colour on the lips whatsoever. The other two shades available in this range are called 02 First Help, Pinky and 03 SOS, My Heart. I will make a comparison post comparing the four an tell you which of the four is my favourite.

-Talk Soon xx


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