Pucker Up ….
In an effort to break free from my make up rut of only doing my eyes, I decided to venture into the world of lips. I used to be a bit of a lip gloss fiend and would always have at least one Juicy Tube in my bag. My make up routine has now been pretty much relegated to being done in the car on our way out for the day, so I tend to keep it simple.
Rather than throwing caution to the wind I avoided bright red and chose a nude colour by Living Nature (www.livingnature.com). This New Zealand brand has a great range of certified natural lipsticks and lip pencils. Most are on the subtle side of the colour spectrum and perfect for what I was looking for. I actually found it hard to choose but settled on Precious Lipstick and Laughter Lip Pencil. First thoughts were that I liked the colours when they arrived as they are both a nude pink colour.
I applied the Laughter Lip Pencil first. It glided on well and didn’t drag my skin at all. It had a soft texture and did not feel dehydrating. This pencil is made with vegetable waxes and this helped the colour hold in place on the lips not bleed. Colour-wise it matched my own lip colour pretty well but gave some nice added definition …. if I do say so myself.
The Precious lipstick is hand poured and individually flamed. It was super easy to apply and definitely had a smooth moisturising texture to it. Castor Oil and Vitamin E are found in the ingredients and have great moisturising properties. I found the colour to be a little too pale for my preference, but I really liked the product and would definitely try another one. It lasted well, even after eating and drinking. I also noticed that I had not removed it properly at night as the next morning there was a nice nude coloured smudge on the white pillow I had slept on……unfortunately I was visiting family so it was their pillow…..ha ha.
Both products are natural and lasted well. The nude colours are really easy to wear and the formula felt great on the lips. I did not feel that I needed to moisturise prior to application. I still love the black packaging that Living Nature use….very sleek and easy to hold. Great products. I think I might be converted.
Living Nature can be bought in selected stores in the UK and also online at www.botannicalbrands.com.
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Laughter Lip Pencil:-
INGREDIENTS: Hydrogenated palm kernel glycerides (palm kernel extract), Talc, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Hydrogenated vegetable oil, Manganese violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Caprylic/Capric triglyceride (coconut extract), Hydrogenated palm glycerides (palm extract), Iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Rhus succedanea fruit wax (fruit wax), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Ascorbyl palmitate.
Precious Lipstick :-
INGREDIENTS: Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Mica (CI 77019), Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Cera alba (beeswax), Iron oxides (CI 77491), Iron oxides (CI 77492), Kaolin, Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), Pyrus malus (apple) seed oil, Squalane, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, Iron oxides (CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470).
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