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I’m doing a post on these kind of begrudgingly because there are three shades of the Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kits. But I, like a bad blogger only have two. They were all sold out in the Boots stores I went too, please forgive me πŸ™‚

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The shade Runway (that I don’t have) is on the Boots website here. It’s seems to be a coral red shade.

I bought the Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kits, if I am being honest, just to see what they were like. My love affair with liquid lipsticks is slowly diminishing. Don’t get me wrong, I have a couple of faves that I still use. But, the dry lip scenario usually gets the better of me and I end up reaching for a lipstick instead. I always have a plethora of lip choices on the go with me. I am fickle πŸ™‚

Obviously these are quite similar to the Kylie Jenner lip kits. I am sure there is no coincidence there. So onto the swatching. I have the shades Pose and Go To. They come boxed up. There is a liquid lipstick and lip liner in each box.

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First up we have the shade Pose.

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I have them swatched on my arm:

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And then here they are on my lips. The lip liner on it’s own and the topped with the liquid lipstick:

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The next shade is Go To.

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I actually thought from the box packaging on this that it was going to be much lighter than Pose. Turns out Pose is definitely the lighter colour of the two nude shades.

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I could take a photo of the actual liquid lipstick opened next to the pencil. It is really liquid-y, so it kept spilling out!

Here is the pencil swatched on my arm:

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And then the liquid lipstick next to it:

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Finally, the two products in action on the lips:

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The formula of the lip liners is really nice. They are soft and apply easily and opaquely. The liquid lipsticks are the same. Of course if you don’t like the dry texture of liquid lippies, you will not enjoy these!

For me, personally I like the pencil in the Pose kit, the colour of the lipstick is not flattering on me whatsoever though. Go To is more up my alley. I am in love with the pencil as well as the shade of the liquid lipstick. Even though the formula is a little more loose, it applied the same to the lips. They both dried really quickly and one layer applied an even, opaque coat of colour.

All three of the Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kits are priced at €9. You can get them from Boots and Superdrug and I believe they are limited edition. You can buy Pose online from Boots here and Go To here.

What do you think?

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If you watch American beauty Youtubers like me, the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion will be familiar to you.

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Or,if you’re a Kylie Jenner fan, you’ll have seen her rocking her Mario Badescu Drying Lotion over on her Snapchat. The skincare brand is pretty well known over in the States. They have been established since 1967 and do a whole host of products.

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The Drying Lotion is formulated to dry out surface spots on the skin. It contains Calamine as the fifth listed ingredient. We, of course would use calamine lotion in the treatment of chicken pox. It also contains Glycerin and Salicylic Acid, but they are lower down on the list. Good to note that it is cruelty and paraben free too πŸ™‚

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As you can see the Marion Badescu Drying Lotion comes in a 29ml glass bottle. The solution is split. You have the liquid and then there’s a pink sediment (which I presume is calamine) on the bottom.

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To use, you dip a cotton bud straight down into it. This coats the swab with the mixture. You don’t shake or mix it up. Then, you just dab the solution on any blemishes you might have. It dries down and you leave it overnight.

It will take a while to get through the solution you use very little, but I presume, as it depletes it will be harder and harder to get to the product on the bottom. It may end up a little messy. You can already see mines a bit worse for wear!

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It has quite a strong medicated scent and be warned if you use it on broken skin it will sting the bejesus out of you! I do find it does what it says on the tin though. I have been using this a lot over the last couple of months. I am prone to breakouts so I have had plenty to practice on. The solution does dry out active spots. It is not a miracle cure, nor does it claim to be. But, it will make your spots a little less, well spot like and sore πŸ™‚ I like it too because it dries down so it doesn’t end up all over your pillowcase and it’s targeted so you’re not adding ingredients that dry out your skin all over your face where you might not need it.

Overall, the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion gets a thumbs up from me! I got mine from Beautybay for €16.30 online here.

Have you tried it?

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I have been wanting to try one of theBalm Meet Matte Hughes for bloody ages now. Cloud10beauty had an awesome discount code out a couple of weeks ago (which they often have) and so I took this as a sign to pick one up πŸ™‚

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This is theBalm Meet Matte Hughes Longlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Charming.

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I am a big lover of the mauve lip colour trend, so Charming fits in perfectly with this.

It was pretty much love at first wear for me with it. I love a matte lip, the colour pay off is amazing and the Meet Matte Hughes have a minty chocolate smell to them….yummy.

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As you would expect from the name, theBalm Meet Matte Hughes are super long wearing. I wore Charming to a christening a couple of weeks ago. I applied it in the morning before hand. Had a cheeky sausage roll breakfast in the car (classy I know), got through the church and then some coffee and treats afterwards and I still had Charming on my lips on the way home.

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They apply really opaquely so there’s no faffing about. You can get full on colour with one layer. I personally apply a layer, let it dry and then apply another one.

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Now I will say, after eating and drinking there is definitely some colour wear, especially on the inside of the lips. The product can tend to ball up slightly, but I wouldn’t let that put you off at all, the colour is still there and it hasn’t transferred all over your face as you’ve been stuffing it so that’s pretty good I think. I can also attest to it being kiss proof. No I am not getting romantic, I just spent a good hour one night with it on kissing the back of my hand and nothing came off… πŸ™‚

With all liquid lipsticks, when applying, make sure your lips are in tip top condition. I’ll usually exfoliate before hand and then while I am doing my makeup, slather them in something like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. I have a full review of this here if you’re interested πŸ™‚ Then, dab off whatever is left over on the lips before application. This just ensures you’ll get the most out of your lip colour.

Overall, I am a huge fan of theBalm Meet Matte Hughes. And the colour Charming is a really beautiful shade. I now have a few more colours on my lust list that I need to get a hold of.

You can pick up theBalm Meet Matte Hughes from Cloud10beauty here for 16.50 euro. And I know Marks and Spencers, Meaghers Pharmacy and Foody’s pharmacy stock the brand here in Ireland, to name a few.

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I’ve had an off and on relationship with the nude lip throughout my makeup wearing life. When I first plonked makeup on my face, nude lips were the only thing I would pretty much do because I had bad teeth and didn’t want to draw attention to them. I use to pale my lips out completely which in retrospect brought more attention to my wonky teeth. Then, I got invisalignΒ  and bought so many coloured lipsticks it was ridiculous, and just thought nude lips didn’t suit me then. I’ve come full circle with it now and have realised just how many variations there is on the so called nude lip out there. When it comes to nude lip liners, they are so handy to have in your makeup collection. You can add them under similar colour lipsticks for staying power, under darker or lighter lipsticks (or glosses) to change the colour slightly, or of course use them to even out your lip line, and dare I say it…even over draw! πŸ™‚ Here’s probably my 5 most used nude shade lip liners. They are not completely nude and they fall into different colour categories, but they could be all used to create a nude lip πŸ™‚

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First up is a I’ve spoken about in detail here before. It’s Rimmel’s ‘Eastend Snob’.

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I bloomin’ love this stuff. It’s the perfect nude pink shade. Rimmel do great lip liners and Exaggerate ones are great because they are retractable, no sharpening! I wear this under so many different lip colours, and it’s gorgeous on it’s own too. I will never be without this in my makeup collection. Rimmel if you’re reading this never discontinue it ‘kay? πŸ™‚

 

The next one says it all really with the name. This is the Urban Decay Glide On lip pencil in the shade ‘1993’.

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And it pretty much sums up that era of lip colour perfectly, right? The Urban Decay lip liners are amazing so pigmented and easy to apply. This shade is great for warming up lip colours.

 

 

Next up is the cheapest of the bunch, but I love it just as much. The PS Love Lip Liner Pencil from Penneys in 06.

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If you want to give a brown lip liner a go to see if you like it this is the place to start. For €1.50 you get to try on the 90’s lip trend and then if you like it, you have a great pigmented lip liner in your collection. It’s win win really πŸ™‚

 

My fourth choice is NYX lip liner in ‘Mauve’.

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Not the nudest of the collection but still kind of a subtle colour, so I think it qualifies? You can see from the size of the pencil, I get a lot of use out of this bad boy. I even have a the Nyx lipstick in the exact same shade. I think mauve is a great way to go if you’re not a huge fan of the nude lip trend, but still want to give something a go.

 

And lastly but definitely not least, I had to add Mac’s Whirl into the list, it has a life of it’s own at this stage.

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Whirl is the full on epitome of the 90’s brown lip like the Urban Decay 1993, but I think it’s a little bit cooler in tone. I wear this so much just on it’s own. Another bonus is this makes your teeth look whiter! This is probably as nude as I get…on my lips :p

So there you have it my top 5 most used nude lip liners. I think it’s safe to say I’m more of a brown lips girl rather than full on nude, but hopefully this might help if you’re in the market. Let me know and thanks for reading as always.

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