Lovely Pretty Things: Lip Service


The easiest way to look made up without as much effort is to slip on some lipstick. All I need to do is to moisturise and apply a pop of colour and instantly my face is brightened and I’m ready to rock and roll.

Pale lips are a dead giveaway that my makeup is in need of touch up and instead of spending time redoing my eyeliner which may possibly go wrong if I’m in a rush, I prefer to focus on my lips. I’ve decided to share my favourite pretty lippies and lip care products, and maybe you’ll find your essential daily lip products too!


Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 Pear

Before applying any lip colour, I like to make sure my lips, which are often be dry and chapped, are adequately moisturised. Because of how chapped my lips can get, to get a beautiful even colour applied, I need to make sure I put on some lip balm.

I’ve recently started carrying around a tube of Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 in Pear. It has a fantastic scent (totally fresh and fruity like sweet pears) and feels great. It oozes out like jelly, but slides on smooth and has a thinner consistency than say, Vaseline, without any stickiness.

The Lip Balm #1 has been around for over 40 years and is a classic fail-proof soothing petrolatum skin protectant that helps act as a shield against harsh drying effects of wind and weather. It’s boasts a powerful combination of ingredients like squalene, aloe vera, vitamin E and  wheat germ oil, to protect and nourish lips.

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Natural colours that are work-appropriate

After moisturising my lips, I move on to apply my desired lip colour. I have recently taken to more natural, subtle colours and I’ve got a good selection of favourites which include a tame variation of red, pink with little sparkles, gorgeous coral and a timeless matte pink shade.

IMG_4212 copySo much love for this heart-shaped lippie from Holika Holika

The most adorable looking lipstick award goes to Holika Holika Heart Full Glossy Lipstick in Smoky Pink. The lipstick bullet is heart-shaped and it is petite-sized, being shorter than most lipsticks. The Full Glossy range features glitter flakes for some major sparkle.

I like this because it is soft, quite creamy and applies well. Thanks to the “gloss” effect from the glitter flakes, it suits peeling lips and glosses over (pun unintended) the flaky bits making lips look healthy and beautiful. Even though it is quite a sweet pink, it doesn’t appear pale, plus I love that it’s so moisturising too!

I first caught sight of this on Nadia’s instagram in another shade and I knew just for the cuteness of having a heart-shaped lipstick, I would buy it.

IMG_4216Etude House presents a charming lovely pink lipstick case with a little bow to boot

Another pretty lipstick that comes in the cutest packaging complete with a little bow and even an elegant logo on the side of the lipstick bullet is Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips-Talk in OR222 (Earnest Coral). The coral doesn’t show up well when photographed and it looks a bit reddish here but it definitely is more towards a pale orange with a hint of pink in the mix in real life.

Similar to Holika Holika, this lipstick is really nice and creamy offering great coverage and pigmentation. This doesn’t offer much shine, so it is less forgiving on chapped lips. but is nevertheless quite moisturising.

Spotted this shade on Nui’s blog and after some cajoling, I went straight out to get it – no regrets.

IMG_4218 copyFeeling pretty in pink with Bobbi Brown

This Bobbi Brown lippie is one of my most used lipsticks lately. I find the Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Hot Tutu, a rich pink with orange (sort of a pink peachy colour),one of the most appropriate colours for work and play.

I love the soft-matte (semi-matte) finish and while it doesn’t glide onto my lips as smoothly and feels a bit dry on initial application, it has one of the longest-lasting and best coverage lippie formulas making this a clear winner for a lazy girl like me.


Red can still be rad

I’ve got quite a few brilliant and bold reds in my lipstick collection. Most of them are very opaque and covers my lips completely with colour. I’ve been searching for a red lipstick that I can layer slowly over each sheer layer to get the intensity I desire.

Along with my FinalSip invite, Estelle passed me this Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 510 Berry Rich. It’s exactly what I was looking for. It’s a berry red with a pink undertone and looks very muted and natural on my lips. It looks a little too dark just looking at the bullet, but upon application, I realised looks can be deceiving. This is a beautiful shade that really enhances my lips and is also really moisturising without being thick and sticky.

I’ve hardly bought any lipsticks from drugstore brands because I always thought they weren’t of great quality or be too sheer, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved my Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick. This actually has the best texture of the four lipsticks I’ve introduced in this post.

All lip products in this post with exception of Bobbi Brown Lip Color are under $20.

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6 Responses to Lovely Pretty Things: Lip Service

  1. Sophia Molen December 8, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    Beautiful blog!!

    x Sophia

    Personal blog | Tao of Sophia
    Founder | Blog and The City

    • Carrie December 9, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      Thank you Sophia! 🙂 I love your blog’s concept as well. Very philosophical!

  2. Gladys Leong December 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    I really love the colors. Will you recommend some lip color for asian tan/olive skin tone..

    • Carrie December 9, 2014 at 10:27 am #

      You may wanna try berry shades (instead of red) if you want a deeper lip colour! Those work beautifully with olive and Asian tanned skin tones. Maybe Bourjois Rouge Edition in Violine Strass (No.18).

      I’d avoid pale nudes and pinks as that shows up a little too light (and may appear sickly).

  3. CK December 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Loving the colors but as I have the darker lips, sad to say that most lighter shades of pink color which I prefer, don’t work for me 🙁 And yes, I love these photos, beautifully shot!

    • Carrie December 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      Yeah, sometimes the paler shades don’t work for me either! I try to use a more pigmented lip colour so that it can totally cover my lips.

      You can try the Etude House Liptint. That one is pretty opaque!

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