One of the latest trends that’s certainly made its way into my makeup collection is lip crayons. Lip crayons are like a combination of lip liner and lipstick with that pencil precision but highly pigmented color. But like lipsticks they are varied depending on the brand. I decided to explore two kinds: Lord & Berry’s Crayon Lipstick in “Kiss” and Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in “Fuchsia Desire.”
The Lord & Berry crayon is very much like a lip pencil with the same kind of matte application. The color is very vivid and kind of a red with a bit of an orange tint to it. Applying it is very easy, as is lining your lips with crisp lines. Since I love matte colors I am very into this product for that reason. One thing you definitely have to do before wearing it is exfoliate and moisturise your lips because the matte color needs a smooth base and does not moisturise your lips at all.
The Maybelline variety is much smoother, hence the term ‘velvet’ in the product’s name. It glides on easily very much more like a lipstick. This product is a little more challenging when it comes to creating crisp lines because of the smoothness but it is much easier than a traditional lipstick. The color really pops and has a kind of slightly shimmery finish. This product is much more moisturising on your lips as it leans more toward lipstick than lip pencil.
Overall I like the Lord & Berry product more because it has a matte finish and applies more like a pencil, which is great for creating cleaner lines around the lips.
Try them for yourself!
If there is one trend that absolutely puzzles me it’s the newfound love of the septum ring by the fashionable crowd. I have had my septum pierced for 9 years and for pretty much all 9 of those years it has been a piercing few others generally had. I remember when I got it and for years afterward it was thought of as “gross” by the very people flocking to it now. Then it was more of a counter-culture decoration and one of the many piercings I had on my face.
But for whatever reason it is having a moment now. But my one gripe is that if you want to rock that look, actually do it…don’t wear a cuff! With such a prominent piercing and edgy look cuffs are kind of cheating. You need to earn the look, especially since it is such a painful piercing to get.
As someone who has had it done twice I will give you some tips on getting it done and wearing it right…
1. It hurts.
Every time you stick a needle through your skin it’s painful but a septum piercing is a little more intense than your ear, nostril, lip etc. Grab the skin on the inside of your nose where the piercing will go and dig your fingernails in. Your eyes are probably watering. In my experience the septum is the most painful on the face (and I had the webbing of my gums pierced).
2. Take care of it.
I would recommend getting a horseshoe shaped ring as your first septum ring because it’s the most practical, easy to clean, and easy to hide. The piercer will usually default to this anyway. Just make sure the balls are screwed on tight. It will make your eyes water and pinch as you move it but letting it sit can make it worse with boogers and crust cementing it in there. Clean it with cotton swabs and try not to touch it with your bare fingers, it’s an open wound in a weird part of your body so infection is always an issue.
3. Don’t change the ring too soon.
Seriously, leave it alone. It hurts like hell if you take it out too soon and it will swell, bleed and smell bad. When you do change it make sure everything is clean (or go get your piercer to do it) because the jewellery is not easy to secure. You also might need pliers to get the ball off the first time because it has been crusted shut (for real). Mine has been healed forever and it takes me many tries to screw the ball in or latch the hinge.
4. Be consistent with jewellery size.
If your piercing is a 16g then keep up with that size jewellery. One of the mistakes I have made is fluctuating in size too often. For a while I had a thinner ring in my nose so when I decided to switch back to a different style in a larger gauge it felt like I was re-piercing it trying to stretch it out.
5. Keep it simple.
Don’t go out and buy all those frilly rings because you WILL get it caught on your clothes. You have not experienced pain until you have gotten your freshly pierced septum ring caught on your shirt. The general styles are the circular barbell with two balls on the end, the captive ring with one ball in the centre, the continuous which you bend in place (beware, these can be painful), the segment ring which has a piece come out either entirely or on a hinge, or a curved barbell.
Alright today I want to talk highlighter or “complexion enhancer.” I have been on the hunt for a good highlighter to add some shimmer and compliment my newfound contouring routine. For a while I was using a super cheap powder highlighter which worked fine but wasn’t as subtle as I would like. While powder is fine, it’s very easy to over do it and make your face look like a disco ball. But to me, the liquid highlighters didn’t seem to work since I usually have to wear quite a bit of foundation and concealer and adding liquid on top of that makes it look odd.
In one of my sample purchases I had a little bottle of Benefit’s High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer and thought I would give it a try. The tube of shimmery pink liquid has a little brush attached to the cap so you can paint it on your face. You want to apply it to places you want to stand out like at the top of the cheekbones and about an inch under your eyes. The best way to go is to dot it on but lines are good as well since you will be blending it in.
At first I thought it was kind of concentrated but then I blended it and found that it dispersed leaving a great almost glowing finish. Even better is that is worked with my foundation/concealer routine well leaving the bottom layer undisturbed.
I would definitely recommend this product. I suggest getting it in a sample size first to see if you like the way it looks, Benefit has several different illuminating products which probably work better with different skin tones. I always recommend getting samples to try at home because you make your best decisions in your normal lighting and without sales ladies hovering around.
My one gripe is that a bottle costs £19.50 which seems a little pricey but I’m sure it would last quite a while as I’ve been using the tiny sample bottle for several weeks already.