19 February, 2012

Lipstick/Lipgloss ban - What I need to finish before I can buy!

If you remember my beauty resolutions I "swore" to at the start of the year I pledged to reduce my lipstick and lipgloss collections by using 5 lipsticks or lipglosses before I bought any more (Click  here  if you want to read my beauty resolutions post).  So far I've finished one lipgloss towards my goal.  Here are all the other lip colours I have a chance of finishing.

The lipglosses


Left to Right and swatched in same order: 

Estee Lauder (11 Passion Fruit) - This tube is around three-quarters finished.  It's been hanging around for over a year and been neglected but now I've been wearing it regularly again.  This is the brightest of the four I'm trying to finish and is a watermelon-y shimmer I like wearing over my bare lips for a hit of shine and colour.  It's a fairly wet slick formula so needs regular reapplication.  Normally I'd say this is a bit of a pain but in these circumstances I say Yay! - the more I have to reapply the faster this will go into my empties.

Bloom (Sweet Pea) - This was so difficult to swatch because the tube is virtually empty!  I've been literally wearing this opaque mauve lipgloss to death because it is THE perfect match for my lips. I've been trying to scrape the last bits out of the tube but because this stuff is so thick it won't run down the tube for the applicator to reach.  I've tried soaking the tube in hot water to make the gloss more runny so I can finish 100 per cent of the contents but to no avail.  Unless there are some other brilliant ideas out there I think I'm going to call this one finished!

Heavy Rotation Enamel Gloss (03 Berry) - Another favourite MLBB shade that I've been wearing like a fiend.  Because it's opaque it looks great on bare lips but I've also been loving this creamy caramel nude over Rimmel's Undressed lipstick.  I think I've still got about a third left in the tube but it won't be a problem finishing this one either.
    L'Oreal Glam Shine (Lasting Coral) - Around three-quarters finished.  This sparkly peach (not coral!) gloss tube is my emergency lip colour which lives in my handbag.  I have a real love/hate relationship with this L'Oreal gloss because I love the peachy colour but absolutely hate the sticky formula.  It does last well but is horribly difficult to remove from my lips.  Don't ask me why but I've actually got a few of these in my stash.

    The lipsticks


    Left to Right and swatched in same order: 

    L'Oreal (Plum Brulee) - This baby's almost finished!  This is a beautiful richly pigmented lipstick and one of my favourite reds.  Trouble is I think it will be hanging around for a while because I prefer to wear dark reds like this in cooler weather. 
      MAC (Party Line) - Another autumnal shade almost down to the stub.  Party Line is is berry-toned mauve.  I do love this shade but again prefer wearing it in Autumn/Winter so it'll probably take a while to finish.
        MAC (Crosswires) - Okay, this is a lipstick I've actually been wearing lately because it's a perfect summery shade.  Crosswires is the perfect coral shade which is hot without being OTT so it's work and play appropriate.  I think I'm a bit more than half-way down the tube on this one.
          L'Oreal Nutrishine (Pretty Peach) - I've categorised this as a lipstick rather than a gloss simply because it's in a lipstick style tube.   It's a lovely sheer pinky-peach shade I've been wearing on weekends.  I've been loving it so I'm sure I won't have a problem finishing it.
            Rimmel (Asia) - It doesn't look it in the tube but I've been wearing this shade LOTS lately and is a favourite everyday go-to so I hold high hopes for finishing it.  This mauve-toned nude is another MLBB shade and featured in my basic face post (here).

            I can see I'm not going to have any problems finishing off the rest of my lipgloss quota but I'm not so sure about the lipstick!  

            Until next time.

            Vita :)

              16 comments:

              1. The lipstick is going to be the difficult part! Good luck Vita!!!!!

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                1. Thanks Vintage! Doing this post made me realise the lipstick ban's gonna be a toughie. I need all the wishes and motivation I can get. :)

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              2. Such pretty colours! I should probably do something like this. I'm beginning to get too many :/
                xx

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                1. It's so easy to grow your collection - especially with all the irresistible limited editions that come out every other month!

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              3. You'll get there! I'm always paranoid about lip products going off so should probably do something similar. Bet those lipsticks don't take as long as you think they will! x

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                1. Thanks Claire! Now I know which are the lipsticks to focus on I'll keep them on high rotation. xoxo

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              4. Good job with the lip glosses!! Lipstick is definitely going to be a hard one, but stay strong Vita!

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                1. Thanks Stacey :) Now that I'm back at the office I'm wearing lipstick more often so hopefully it won't be too long before I finish my first tube!

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              5. Wow, I think I never used up a lipstick in my life, so I feel this is very difficult task, or at least it would be for me. Good luck and I admire your determination, some of those look pretty used up, so eventually you will make it :)

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                1. Thanks for the encouraging words. I really appreciate the support :) xoxo

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              6. Having seen your lipstick graveyard, I have no doubt you'll finish all of these! But I agree, the glosses will definitely go first. Good luck, Vita! :D

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                1. Thanks Liz! It's funny when I look back cos last year I used up more lipsticks than glosses! Ah well, now the five glosses are going to all be finished more or less at once - go figure!

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                1. Thanks Jacq. The support makes me stronger in my resolve to succeed. Must admit I've been a bit tempted lately too!

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              8. That's sure gonna take time! Best of luck:D

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