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Top 10 Lippies of 2013

Top 10 Lippies of 2013 Beauty Swatch
After tuning into a whole year of lip swatches, I bet you’re wondering which ones are my favourites beneath the objective reviews.  Whilst I do love finding gems in budget brands, there’s nothing like a sophisticated formulas to make me go weak at the knees.  Here are my top favourite lip products that were featured on Beauty Swatch in 2013 in no particular order.  To view last year’s picks, visit my Top 10 Lippies of 2012 post.

1. Burberry Lip Velvet – A soft wearable matte that gives lips a soft focus demure finish.  Great for those that want an everyday matte finish without looking over dressed.

2. Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color – Bobbi Brown’s take on the sheer lipstick trend doesn’t compromise on pigment nor longevity.  Blends seamlessly into every crevice of your lips making it almost believable that your lips are naturally in that colour.

3. Chanel Rouge Allure Moire – My favourite shade “Indecisé” is the ultimate sophisticated pearl nude that looks stunning in all angles of lighting.

4. Chantecaille Lip Chic – Hands down the most moisturising lipstick I’ve ever tried that keeps my lips soft all day.  Also the only lipstick I’ve come closest to hitting pan since my blogging.

5. ck one shine lipstick – The translucent yet lip hugging sheer formula makes even the trickiest of colours look flawless with no slippage or settling into lines.

6. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense – The ultimate low maintenance lippie in a range of punchy colours that doesn’t require lip balm, lip brush or lip liner whatsoever.

7. Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick – The most comfortable long wearing moisturising lipstick that makes your lips feel like soft fabric.  Shade “Geisha” is my favourite glamour red.

8.  Shiseido Lacquer Rouge – my favourite liquid lipstick that provides creamy moist coverage.  Comes in a range of “my lips but better” and work appropriate shades for a understated polished look.

9. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine – The punchiest sheer lipstick you’ll come across that’s also moisturising.  Runner up in the 2013 Australian Beauty Awards lipstick category.

10. YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats Lipstick –  The most luxurious matte finish I’ve tried that gives high definition pillowy lips that you typically see in editorials or runways.

What are your favourite lippies of 2013?

Budget lip liners that match luxe lippies

Budget Lip Liners that match Luxe Lippies

I’ve been drafting this post in my head for over a year now & even accumulated a few lip pencils in anticipation that they might be a good match for a potential lippie one day.  But it seems that it wasn’t until I acquired my new camera and wooden accessories that I finally got around to putting this post together.

The inspiration for this post came to me from the many times I’ve tried on a luxury lipstick brand on counter and was even prepared to purchase a matching lip pencil if they had one.  Instead I was suggested a completely different shade (eg. a MLBB lip pencil to go with a red lip pencil, or a rose pink pencil for a hot pink lippie and so on) in an effort to please me.  On such occasions, I immediately make a beeline for MAC and Bobbi Brown to search for a matching lip pencil, but I realise that not everyone is prepared to fork out thirty-ish dollars for it.  So I set myself a challenge of finding lip pencils from budget brands to match higher end lipsticks.

I happened to find matching lipsticks & lip pencils across 4 colour groups – red, nude, two pinks and wine.  I skipped orange as my Inglot coral lip pencil didn’t match any of my orange/coral lipsticks.

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The Lipsticks (L-R):

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet – L’Exuberante (pink)

Nars Pure Velvet Lipstick – Vesuvio (red)

Clinique Chubby Stick – Heaping Hazelnut (nude)*

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick – Nocturnal (wine)

Clinique Long Last Lipstick – Spanish Rose (pink)*

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The Lip Pencils (L-R):

Australis Lip Pencil – Kiss Me Quick (pink)

Revlon Colorstay Lipliner – Red (red)

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner – Natural (nude)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil – Wine (wine)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil – Indian Pink (pink)

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The reason I paired Clinique Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut” with a warmer nude lip pencil is because I have a flushed lip tone.  You can of course opt for a lighter or warmer nude pencil depending on your lip tone.  I got so many compliments with this combination that one of my friends immediately purchased both items the same day she spotted me wearing this.

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Surprisingly there are not that many blue red lip liners out there from budget brands, and Revlon’s lip liner was the closest budget brand I could find.  Natio and Sax also do great red lip liners but they lean towards neutral red.

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Australis paired with Chanel? Who would have guessed!

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I wore this combo when I met Michelle Phan in Melbourne last year.  The wine lip pencil really vamps up the lipstick so you can dial it up or down to your taste.

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Clinique’s Spanish Rose is pigmented enough to be worn alone, but it also goes beautifully with Rimmel’s “Indian Pink” lip liner.

Other lip liner brands I love

  • Natio
  • Bourjois
  • Bobbi Brown
  • MAC
  • Chanel
  • Dior
  • Lancome
  • Clinique
  • Burberry (on my wish list)
  • Serge Lutens (also on my wish list)

Hope you liked this post!

Products marked with an asterisk were provided for consideration.  All other items were purchased by me.

Easy Nude Lips Tutorial


CLINIQUE, HOW TO, RIMMEL | by — August 26, 2013

Easy Nude Lips Tutorial

Inspired by my last “Unconventional Nude Lips” tutorial, where I layered two different textures (in an unlikely combination) to achieve an amazing long lasting nude lip, today’s tutorial explores the combination of two very simple but cult classic products – a lip pencil & Clinique’s Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut”.

The perfect creamy nude lip pencil is one that gives a soft natural nude finish to your lips, but on its own it can be drying as it has limited moisturising properties.  I chose Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner as it’s similar in tone to Clinique’s Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut”, which is a versatile sheer nude moisturising lip balm that’s wearable on many skin tones as the translucence works with your natural lip tone rather than mask it.

Combine the two together and you get a seemingly effortless soft, natural nude lip that feels moisturising as well.  And the best part – no lip brush required!

Easy Nude Lips Tutorial

  1. Prepare lips with a moisturising lip balm.  I used Molton Brown Pep-Rich Lip Booster which moisturises, plumps and protects.
  2. Define lips with a nude lip pencil, such as Rimmel Exaggerate full Colour Lip Liner “Natural”.  Stay close to your lip line if you have well defined lips, or cheat a little until you get your desired volume / symmetry.
  3. Use soft, gentle strokes to fill in your entire lips with the lip liner.  Go easy to avoid a cakey finish.
  4. The moisturising properties of the lip balm will soften the dryness of the lip pencil.  The opacity of the lip pencil should only just cover your natural lip tone.
  5. Slather on Clinique Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut” until your lips feel adequately moisturized.
  6. The result – a soft, natural nude lip with no streaky dry patches.

Hope you liked it!

What’s your secret to achieving a flawless nude lip?

CLINIQUE Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Jumbo – Goodness Grapecious Reviews, Photos, Swatches


CLINIQUE, LIP GLOSS, Lips, LIPSTICK, NC20, Yishan | by — July 25, 2013


Brand: Clinique
Range: Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Jumbo (New packaging)
Shade: Goodness Grapecious
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Clinique have re-packaged their Vitamin C Lip Smoothies into a shorter jumbo sized applicator.
  • Vitamin C Lip Smoothies deliver a Vitamin C and antioxidant rich cocktail that moisturises and smoothes lips to look their best.
  • A little goes a long way & it applies really rich and luscious (texture is similar to but thicker than Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour)
  • Available in 12 shades, Goodness Grapecious is described as a soft dusty purple but it looks more like rhubarb to me.  The coverage is sheer and has fine shimmers.
  • Tip: When using it for the first time, twist several times to get the product out.  Subsequent application requires only 3-4 twists.  Start from the centre of the lips and use the brush to smooth outwards.
  • Verdict: If you like the idea of a daily dose of Vitamin C to your lips, you’ll also love how luscious this lip gloss feels on lips.  It makes them feel like soft lush cushions & is long lasting as well.  Goodness Grapecious is a great MLBB shade for pigmented lips or dark skin tones.

CLINIQUE Vitamin C Lip Smoothie - Goodness Grapecious 1

RRP: $35 AUD available at Clinique.com.au and Mecca Maxima stores.

This product was provided for consideration.

CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Intense – Heftiest Hibiscus – Reviews, Photos, Swatches


CLINIQUE, Lip Pencils, Lips, NC20, Yishan | by — July 24, 2013


Brand: Clinique
Range: Chubby Stick Intense Moisturising Lip Colour Balm
Shade: Heftiest Hibiscus
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • Clinique has taken their #1 selling lip product up a notch & introduced Chubby Stick Intense – a fuller lip coverage formula with more intense colour pay-off
  • Described as “the perfect marriage between a moisturising lip balm and a full coverage lip colour”, lips are pampered with a cocktail of lip conditioning ingredients (Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil).
  • Available in 8 new shades – Curviest Caramel, Chunkiest Chilli, Heftiest Hibiscus, Mightiest Maraschino, Plushest Punch, Roomiest Rose, Broadest Berry and Grandest Grape.
  • Heftiest Hibiscus is a tangerine that would suit warmer skin tones.
  • The buttery finish makes it wear off quickly with eating/drinking, but touching up is a breeze with the wind-up crayon applicator.
  • Verdict: I have been waiting forever to get my paws on these ever since I saw them released overseas!  The regular Chubby Sticks are great for a “pick me up” wash of colour, but I have been layering them with lip pencils to get a deeper finish.  With Chubby Stick Intense, I can now leave my lip pencils and lip brushes at home.  Heftiest Hibiscus is a bit too orange for me,  so I have my eyes on Mightiest Maraschino and Curviest Caramel as seen on my {Which Lippy} Lip Tee post.

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RRP: $35 AUD available at Clinique.com.au and Mecca Maxima stores

This product was provided for consideration.