Tag Archives: Red

Apr. 07.

Tried Tuesday: L’oreal Color Riche Blake’s Red

tt-loreal-thEvery woman should have a go to red lipstick. It’s that simple. It looks classic and elegant, and you don’t really need much else to go with it. So, after their Color Riche Collection Priveé nudes collection, each named after a celebrity and to flatter a particular skintone, they gave the same treatment to reds, this time called Collection Exclusive. So, I picked one up, and today I am sharing Blake’s Red with you.


There are four in the Collection Exclusive range, two for warm tones, and two for cool tones, and are inspired by Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, Julianne Moore & Liya Kebede. All ate described as matte but hydrating. I’m a cool toned person, but I am not one to stick to the rules, so I went for the one that called to me the most, and that was Blake’s Red.


Blake’ Red is described as a pure ruby red that is designed to suit warm skintones, with a matte finish and hydrating texture. Looking at it in the tube you can see why it was drawing me to it. It is such an intense colour, that acts effectively as a siren song, dragging beauty lovers to it. I saw it, and couldn’t wait for it to be mine! And so it came to be mine, so I can show you how it looks on the lips.

loreal-lipsHere I have it on over a Revlon red lipliner, and I am very impressed with it. It is super super pigmented, applies beautifully with a brush and lasts! The claims about hydrating texture are a bit off though. It is a matte. It will dry your lips somewhat, and you should make sure your lips are in good shape first. I do love it though.

I’m now tempted to hunt down Liya’s red though. It is the cool toned sister of this, and I would be interested to put them to the test to see just how it compares. Coupled with the fact that as a beauty blogger, I can never have enough red llipsticks!


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Dec. 08.

Manicure Monday: Red and Gold

mm-red-gold-thI said during Face Friday last week that there was a red and gold manicure to go with my red and gold face, and true to my word, here we are. As we all know, red and gold are perfect festive colours, and I’ve combined the two here into an alternative French Manicure.


The colours chosen for this manicure are ones I’ve never used before. The red, a shade called Tate from Nails Inc. came free with the December issue of Glamour, while the gold is from Collection’s Work the Colour Nail Polish range and is shade 18, Going For Gold. After basecoating my nails with CND Stickey, my basecoat of choice, I applied three coats of Tate to all except for my ring finger, which got an equal number of coats of Going For Gold. I could have gotten away with two coats each, but in order to build up such a deep intensity of colour I thought three would be better suited (that and it’s the magic number).  I then took a modelling paintbrush, and working with the gold, freehanded French Tips onto the red nails, before adding a second coat to ensure a good solid colour. I would have used tip guides, and then the brush that comes with the polish, but I didn’t have any and wanted to challenge myself a little. Finally, I did the opposite over the gold, but instead of a French tip, I did a half moon in red.

Both polishes were really lovely to work with, with the brushes covering the nails evenly, and the polish spreading and moving with no dragging, leaving behind beautifully smooth coats. I’d happily work with the polishes again and again, such is my love for how well they applied.

Finally, let us have a look at the finished result. Pictures, as always, are taken with and without flash, and are presented for your viewing pleasure, firstly without flash.



I am super impressed with how this turned out. Okay, my French tips could have been just that little bit tidier, but the colours work so harmoniously, that I’m not overly concerned by the tips. The contrasting red on gold just serves to do something different, but works in its own right. What do you think of them?


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Dec. 05.

Face Friday: Magazine Inspired Red & Gold Christmas Look

ff-redgold-thLast week, while reading through a magazine, I saw two looks that combined elements of red & gold. It stuck with me, and I wondered if I could create something of a Christmas party look inspired by it. Well, I gave it a go, and the results are here for you today for Face Friday.


Here are the looks that I drew inspiration from, which come from the December issue of Cosmopolitan. I was particularly taken by two elements, the gold eyes from the left, and the gold cupids bow and red lips on the right. It’s these elements that I wanted to combine into one look, so after scrubbing, cleansing, toning, moisturising and putting on a ton of lip balm, I went through my collection and took out the following to be used in creating the look:


  • Primer: Benefit – The Porefessional
  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (40 – Light Ivory)
  • Blush: Benefit – Benetint
  • Blush: Benefit – Hervana
  • Highlighter: MeMeMe – Beat The Blues (Pearl Pink)
  • Contour: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (E740 – Bikini Contest)
  • Powder: Benefit – Hello Flawless (Ivory)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (01 – Light)


  • Brows: NYX – Eyebrow Cake Powder (04 – Auburn/Red)
  • Primer: Makeup Revolution – Focus + Fix Primer (Brighten)
  • Pigment: Barry M – Fine Glitter Dust (10 – Yellow Gold)
  • Shadow: Makeup Revolution – Awesome Eyeshadow Collection (Various Golds & Silver)
  • Liner: Paese – Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
  • Mascara: Physicians Formula – Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara (Fakeout)


  • Lipliner: Revlon – Colorstay Liner (Red)
  • Lipstick: L’Oreal – Color Riche Lipstick (297 – Red Passion)
  • Gold Lip Line: Essence – Effect Eyeliner (02 – Gold Digger) topped with Barry M – Fine Glitter Dust (10 – Yellow Gold)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Setting Brush – Blush (Apply/Blend)
  • Real Techniques – Pointed Foundation Brush – Apply Contour
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Blend together blush/highlighter/contour
  • Blank Canvas – E24, E25, E32 – Shadows
  • Blank Canvas – E30 – Undereye shadow/comb lashes
  • Ecotools – Angled Liner Brush – Brows
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lipstick
  • Emite Make Up – L312 – Pigment on upper lip line

That is quite a list of products and brushes to work through, but Christmas is a time for going all out. And to answer the question of what all of this gets you in the end, here it is:






Now, I’ll freely admit I was a little forgetful, and forgot to do photos using flash, which is a pity, as it would really show off the eyes. The glitter pigment used will really make your eyes sparkle, and the combination of red and gold is a classic. The addition of silver in the corner of the eyes added another dimension to them, giving a bit more colour depth, while the mascara created great lashes without resorting to potentially over the top falsies. The only thing I am slightly concerned about is the gold along the top lip, which may have benefited from a liquid gold. I felt that in the minute amount I used, it was just slightly lacking. Not awful looking, but not stand out. I think that once I have somewhere to go that isn’t a hospital, I will be redoing this look and actually showing it off. In fact, I may just have the perfect matching manicure to show off for you on Monday.

What do you think of this look? Would you go for a gold lined lip, or should it be left to editorial makeup? And am I using enough glitter? The comments await!


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Nov. 24.

Manicure Monday: Red & Sparkles

red-sparkles-thToday’s Manicure Monday post is another Christmas Party Inspiration manicure, and is based on a couple of simple principles. The first is that red is really the most perfect festive colour, and the second is that every Christmas party goes better with sparkles! For that reason, here is my super simple red & sparkles manicure!


Now, there is one polish that I immediately think of when it comes to red and sparkles. It is a polish that everyone should own, and if you don’t, why not? Are you insane? It is quite possibly the best red sparkly polish ever. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I am of course talking about Ruby Pumps, that classic from China Glaze. However, a solid set of Ruby Pumps coated talons is just too simple, so today I have it paired with another China Glaze red, one that is more shimmery and has the depth of a bottle of fine wine. It is Red-y and Willing.


The China Glaze formula is a joy to work with, even for the glittery polish. It applies beautifully and is so richly pigmented, you really could use just one coat, especially with the smoother Red-y and Willing. Below there is a picture of my nails after the first coat to show you what I mean, but to ensure depth and uniformity of colour, I did a second coat. This was beneficial to Ruby Pumps, which needs just a little more care and attention to build up.

And of course, here is how it looks. The pictures show the first coat (top), after both coats but without flash (middle) and finally with flash (bottom):




This manicure is a great one to have when you are in a hurry to get ready. It requires no special skills, no tools, and with the polishes being so pigmented, not much time either.

Are you reaching for a red polish this party season? Which ones do you recommend? And how much sparkle is too much sparkle? Let me know in the comments!


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Jun. 23.

Manicure Monday: OPI – Big Apple Red

opi-thOkay, I know this is a red nail polish two weeks in a row, and normally I wouldn’t be doing that, but I am on a bit of a red kick at the moment, and with this polish can you really blame me? This week, for Manicure Monday, I’m looking at OPI’s Big Apple Red.


I actually picked this one up in Duty Free in Gatwick Airport last year, and have been wearing it on and off. Being one of the later OPI polishes, it is made using their 3-free formula, that being there is no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP in the formula. The brush itself isn’t all too thick, but is really nice to use, with the textured feel of the lid being quite grippy and allowing you to place the polish well. The polish also came up opaque in just 2 coats, which is ideal if you’re going to be in a hurry. I was when I did these, and with a fast drying top coat (I used CND’s Air Dry) were ready to go in minutes.

To change things up a bit, and to add a bit of sparkle to the nails, I then added a single coat of Ruby Pumps by China Glaze to the ring finger. In the right light the glitter shines beautifully.

And as always, you get to see my handywork. This is shown both with and without flash on a hand that has been working with this polish since late last week, so please excuse the little bit of damage to them.



I actually quite like how this turned out. The polish is hard wearing under the top coat, and has a delightfully shiny finish, great for sunny days. I’m just thinking of other combinations I can put it in to in the future.


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