Valentine’s Beauty Special 2013: Three New Lip Buys for the Perfect Pucker-Up

Mon, 4 February 2013 12:34PM

Can you smell the roses? That’s right, V-Day is just around the corner.

Ahh, Valentine’s Day. Despite all of the commercial hoo-ha, it’s one of my favourite dates on the calendar. And made a little more special for me this year, as it will be the first one I’ll be celebrating as a fiancé. All together now … Awwww.

Ahem. Enough with the sappy talk. But really and truly, there’s a certain something about the way a woman looks when she’s in love. On a beauty level, that is. There’s a little extra glow to skin. Eyes are just that much more sparkling. Hair seems to appear lustrous and healthy, despite sometimes perhaps looking a little, uh, dishevelled. Rosy cheeks. And, of course, luscious lips.

Something along the lines of the loved-up newlywed Blake Lively …

With this snap as inspiration, I had planned on slicking on a coat of red or pink lipstick for Valentine’s Day. Then, in the name of research, I asked my main squeeze for his thoughts on a layered-up bold lipstick. The verdict? I got a ‘depends on the occasion’ and ‘potentially messy’ and that, ultimately, it looks a little ‘high-maintenance.’ Which was news to me, considering I never think twice about sporting a bright pout. But alas, I’ll take his advice on board this V-Day and opt for something a little less complicated. And, I guess, kissable.

Here, some of the latest lip buys that not only fit the mould, but also take my fancy. I’m betting they will yours, too. And your Valentine’s …

First up, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine, $55, from department stores, a new lipstick-balm-gloss fusion sure to set hearts a-flutter. The sheer, yet creamy consistency paired with the richly-pigmented, eye-catching shades makes for an outstanding lip finish, while the sumptuous mango scent leaves you to feel like you’ve enjoyed sipping on a fruity cocktail concoction all afternoon.

My favourite shade is No. 12, Corail Incandescent, a buildable, coral-verging-on-red shade, the perfect pairing to a dewy complexion and a summery LBD. As for staying power, I got around five to six hours, and even then still had a soft, stain-like effect. Each of the colours (10 in total) are classified into four colour groups, ranging from soft neutrals to reds, hot pinks and rich purples. They’re available on the 10th February, just in time for the big night.

But if you’re partial to a more subtle lip look, may I recommend the new shades of Ere Perez Beautiful Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint, $29.95 each, 02 80060912 …

Available in Lovely, a pigmented, yet sheer vibrant pink and Charm, they’re enriched with rosehip and beetroot extract and come with a mini-roller ball to evenly distribute the pigment for the perfect amount of just-kissed colour. In saying that, they are buildable depending on the intensity you are after, but dry down to a fresh and pretty stain-like finish no matter how much you apply. And as a side note, they also work beautifully on the cheeks to give a pretty and delicate flush. Tip: I would recommend gently dabbing the product on with your fingers for the cheeks as the colour settles quite quickly and otherwise layering too many coats can leave an uneven finish.

However, if you’re more of a no-fuss, clear balm or gloss kind of girl then a product like the new Dermaquest Skin Therapy Stem Cell 3D Lip Enhancer, $60, selected salons, could be for you:

It uses plant stem cell ingredients, which work to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate and rejuvenate your lips while also enhancing your natural lip colour. While my lips are naturally on the larger side anyway, I did get that tingling feeling that made me feel like the product was going to work and they felt super-soft post-use. As a bonus, I got a few comments that my lips did look fuller, and also asking me what lipstick shade I had on, when in fact, I wasn’t wearing any colour at all. Winner.

Tell me, Primpers, what are your favourite lip products?

Which ones will you be wearing this Valentine’s Day? Got any special plans?

What do your loved ones think about rich red or pink lipstick?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Mon, 4 February 2013 01:30pm

    At the mo my fave lip products are the revlon lip balm stains. The staying power is amazing and I love the range of shades.
    I guess my parnter doesnt mind a vibrant pink lippy as I wear them all the time and he never complains :)
    Everything about that ysl lippy screams magic to me. I love its appearance and shade. Now that would be a lovely v day gift :)

  • Posted by: LouAna Master Fan // Mon, 4 February 2013 01:33pm

    hehehe… boyfie doesn’t like ‘goo’ on my lips ;)

  • Posted by: CandiH Devotee // Mon, 4 February 2013 02:11pm

    Ooh how I would love to have that YSL lippy

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Mon, 4 February 2013 02:38pm

    Sigh the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine packaging looks just divine! Just the perfect red for V day!

  • Posted by: Michelle-1343378350 Devotee // Mon, 4 February 2013 05:47pm

    Fave product right now would still have to be the Revlon lip butters. I always turn to them when doing my makeup cos they’re so comfortable to wear.

    I think I’d also like they YSL lippy if it’s like a balm. And the packaging gets my attention every time I see it! I wouldn’t go for the lip plumper though because it sounds irritating :(

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 01:24am

    Defs trying the Dermaquest! And loooooove the YSL.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 09:06am

    I think a cute blue toned pink is what I will be wearing.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 10:42am

    I hate Valentines Day, sorry I know I am being a bit bah humbug, but it is so commercial. I actually refuse to do anything special for this occasion.

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Tue, 5 February 2013 07:13pm

    Wow that YSL one looks incredible!

  • Posted by: jennybean Enthusiast // Wed, 6 February 2013 02:21pm

    My favourite lip product would have to be a matte lipstick. People close to me don’t always understand my love to wear bold lipsticks haha.

  • Posted by: Dyane C. // Thu, 7 February 2013 01:00am

    I really want to have the Ere Perez beetroot cheek and lip tints for those days when I want to be “natural” and let my lips heal while still wearing color

  • Posted by: Dyane78 Enthusiast // Thu, 7 February 2013 01:06am

    I plan on wearing the Rimmel Kate lippie in 10 or 22. Love classic red, coral-red, poppy-red, and deep wine reds.

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 7 February 2013 09:22am

    My go to lippie is MAC’s Russian Red. I wear it every single day!!! Hubby loves it :)

  • Posted by: Daria Devotee // Thu, 7 February 2013 12:33pm

    I love that YSL lippie, the colour is gorgeous. I think I will be wearing Rimmel Royal Gloss in Candy Bar. It is soft and sweet. I think hubby and I will just have a quiet night in on Valentines Day. He likes both red and pink lippy on me.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 9 February 2013 10:16pm

    I am loving the look of that Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine it looks like pure luxury

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 11:40am

    i love the look of this ysl lipstick

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 05:18pm

    i also love the colour of the ysl lipstick

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 03:25pm

    the Ere Perez Beautiful Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint sounds interesting. I like the idea of the roller ball for the cheeks, sounds so easy.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 30 May 2013 02:12pm

    I do not have a favourite lipstick, there are so many brands I like.
    I personally do not wear red lipstick, it does not suit me. I am more into purple’s and mauve’s.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 18 March 2014 07:31pm

    Peach hues definitely suit Blake, she is gorgeous.

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