Winter Berries

I thought I would go straight in with something fairly topical for my first post, so as we Brits have now officially seen the last of the summer it seemed appropriate to bring attention to some lovely autumnal lip colours. Yes, I know, we’ve seen it all before (every single year) but call me old fashioned, I like feeling wintry in the wintertime; wearing jumpers and scarves and a gorgeous wine-coloured lip. So here are the lip colours from my make up collection that stand out to me this time of year.

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L-R: Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips – shade 1, Max Factor Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tiny – shade 6, Sleek MakeUp True Colour Lipstick – shade Cherry, Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick – shade Wild Winterberry, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense – shade Broadest Berry, Barry M Ultra Moisturising Lip Paint – shade Black Cherry, Collection Gothic Glam Lipstick – shade Revenge.

I think it’s important at this chilly time of year to be caring for your lips, even if you decide to go for a bold colour. I suffer horridly from dry lips in the winter (all year round, actually, but more so in winter) and I’ve found the Elizabeth Arden Exceptional lipstick (pictured above, centre) to be, well… exceptional. It is unbelievably moisture rich, so it feels as low maintenance and easy to wear as a lip balm. Appropriately, my favourite shade is called Wild Winterberry. If you don’t feel like splashing out on something quite so high-end, an equally impressive alternative is the Gelly Hi Shine lipstick from Barry M. This formula comes in shades for all year round, but at the moment I’m loving their darkest shade (number 1), and it’s only £4.99! For something similarly balmy but with less of a statement colour, the Clinique chubby stick in the shade ‘Broadest Berry’ is perfect, as it’s really easy to achieve a more muted plum tone.

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If you’re more of a lip stain kind of gal, then you may well know (and love) the Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Tints, which are incredibly long lasting. My favourite shade is by far number 6 (Royal Plum), which, for some bizarre reason, comes out with a much more bold red colour when applied to the lips than it does in the swatch below (second in from the left). Click here to see what it actually looks like on.

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L-R: Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips – shade 1, Max Factor Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tiny – shade 6, Sleek MakeUp True Colour Lipstick – shade Cherry, Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick – shade Wild Winterberry, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense – shade Broadest Berry, Barry M Ultra Moisturising Lip Paint – shade Black Cherry, Collection Gothic Glam Lipstick – shade Revenge.

I included the Sleek lipstick in this post simply because it’s a lovely all-rounder that I happened to have in a berry shade; not drying nor flaky, lasts well, is comfortable to wear and all the usual. The final two lipsticks are for those (like myself) who love a really dark lip. As you can see in the swatches, the Collection lipstick is the darkest of this bunch and is an absolute favourite of mine because it’s as soft to wear as the Elizabeth Arden, and it only cost me £2.99!!! The Barry M is as gorgeous in colour, but I found it slightly more drying, what with my uncooperative chapped lips.

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