3 September 2013

I'm a Barbie girl, in a Barbie World....


OK, first things first, sorry for the title of this post. I just couldn't resist! 

One thing I will always remember from my younger years where makeup is concerned, is the obsession I had with bright, vibrant, neon pinks. I used to opt for the brightest, most vibrant pink lipsticks I could find, for pretty much any makeup look I did - even if I had a seriously intense black smoky eye. Whether day, night, pink lipstick was my thing. As I've grown older, pink is a colour I reach for less and less and the products I own which are pink are mainly blushes. I guess I kind of grew out of pink, or overdid it so much at the time that I moved onto other shades which were more flattering against my skin tone - and for my age. But the last few weeks of Summer I've completely rekindled my love for pink-tastic products and find myself turning to them more and more.

Everyone loves a good pink polish, right? When it comes to polishes, I like pinks which have a bit more something-something to them than just a standard, high-street neon pink. On my nails neon pinks can leave my hands looking dirty, as I am naturally tanned - the same reason I can't wear really neon pink lipsticks and the reason I haven't added MAC Candy Yum Yum to my collection, too bright! But there's a few polishes in my collection which are spot on, the perfect pinks. Paul & Joe Bermuda (ASOS, £6.50is a toned down pink, with obvious tones of coral running through to make it a very warm pink which is perfect for summer days and a shade I opt for frequently on my toes. Illamasqua Loella (Illamasqua, £14.50) on the other hand, easily takes the prize for the most perfect pink polish you ever did see. The perfect candy pink, with the most teeny, tiny flecks of iridescent shimmer running through it, this has been my favourite pink polish of the summer. A pink polish I think anyone needs to have in their collection, Illamasqua polishes remain chip free for a good five days or more and they are some of the best polishes I have ever used. 


This summer seems to be the year I have embraced pink blushes more than ever before. The progression from the shades I was opting for; mainly corals, has been quite interesting. At the beginning of the summer I felt more comfortable wearing Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface (Tarte, US only, $26) and The Body Shop All In One Blush in Guava (The Body Shop, £8) which also beame a firm favourite blush for me over these warmer months as it's just so lovely and wearable! Both of these are powder blushes and very pale, dolly pinks that anyone of any skin tone could easily pull off. They can be built up, but not so much so that you could make any drastic mistakes. As the warmer months progressed, cream blushes hit the high-street like you wouldn't believe and I started dabbling in cream blushes for the first time. I am a big fan of the Bourjois Cream Blushes, particularly in shade 03 Tender Rose (Boots, £7.99) which is a soft pink with a touch of warmth to it. After finding cream blushes certainly weren't as scary as I had imagined, I opted for some high-end cream blushes and there's one in particular which completely stole my heart. MAC Cream Base Colour in Pink Shock (MAC Pro-Stores only shade, £15) is my most favourite pink product in my collection, a true vibrant, bright bubblegum pink that is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Even with a slight hand and light application, this baby has some oomph and I absolutely adore it! Will I ever find a cream blush to beat this wonderfully pink perfection? I doubt it.


One thing you just can't forget when you're talking pink, is lipsticks. I own my fair share of pink lipsticks, but I do more often opt for those pink lipsticks with a tad more something-something than I used to. Instead of going for baby pinks which make my skin look far too dark for the shade on my lips, a favourite of mine to reach for is MAC Pink Plaid (MAC, £15) A warm, deep pink, this is just stunning for a more day-to-day basis and is actually very subtle for a pink in comparison to the others in this post. You can see me wearing Pink Plaid in this Instagram picture. If I want something a little more sheer, I opt for my  Maybelline ColorSensational Popsticks in Tropical Pink (Superdrug, £7.19) which is the definition of a sheer pink. With a fruity scent that leaves your mouth watering, this leaves just the tiniest, little smidgen of colour on your lips - a flush of sheer pink, leaving a healthy finish. When I feel a bit more daring and fancy a colour with a lot more oomph, I opt for another Maybelline favourite, the Maybelline ColorSensational in Fuchsia Flash (Boots, £7.19). Oh does this have oomph! This is bright! In your face, daring, with that beautiful undertone of purple I adore in pinks. As long lasting and comfortable on the lips as my favourite MAC lipsticks, this is a beauty. But the fantastic thing about the Maybelline ColorSensational lipsticks is that you can apply them more sheer. Don't shy away from the shades which look too bright in the bullet - applied with a lip brush you can achieve a subtle look, or straight from the bullet for that more ohh la la look. When I do opt for my more brighter pink lipsticks, I like to tone them down just a touch with what is quite possibly, my favourite lipgloss ever. Chanel Glossimer in Astral (Debenhams, £21) is the most beautiful pink lipgloss you ever did see. With a fine glitter throughout, this perfect pretty pink can take an overpowering pink lipstick, or even a more subtle one, and turn it into something else entirely. Non-sticky, non-greasy and just utterly divine, my most prized possession where lip-glosses are concerned.


What are your favourite pink-tastic products? Let me know if you like the idea of colour themed posts - Anything from purple, to blue, green, yellow, red, gold and bronze shades, silvers, blacks and a whole host of other lovely colours! I really enjoyed writing this post so I hope you all enjoyed reading. Thanks for stopping by!



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  1. I was actually thinking about this today! I used to have so many pink things, but I'm currently doing an instagram challenge and the theme today was pink, so I searched my wardrobe and make up only to find I've only one pink piece of clothing and a few items of make up! Where did it all go?!

    My go to pink product that I wear quite regularly though is Anime Lip Tar.

    http://hannahsbeautysweet.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I think all of us grew out of it at some point, it's thrust upon us so much as children! I love OCC Lip Tars, I will have to check Anime out :) xo

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  2. I have to say my obsession with all things pink is still going strong! One of the first pink products I remember buying when I was little was a bottle of peel off nail varnish from Woolworths, which was my prized possession alongside a bright pink Polly Pocket lipstick that came in a slightly bizarre looking yellow tube! Nowadays I've progressed to slightly more wearable shades :p I've been loving Maybelline's 24hr Bold Matte lip duo in Pink Punch, which is a really bright neon peach-pink, but my all time favourite pink product is Soap & Glory's 'The Missing Pink'lipstick. It's a beautiful everyday nude pink that has something special about it. I'm thinking of using it as my wedding day lip colour as it's quite a romantic, soft shade and very flattering.

    The Chanel Glossimer lipgloss you featured looks lovely, I'm yet to try one but I'm forever swatching them! And I love the idea of colour themed posts, I'd love to see more, especially purple as that's my other obsession! xx

    Imogen | the Bluebird & the Robin

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    1. God, I miss Woolworths! And Polly Pocket! I only had one (mum thought they were pointless) but I always loved playing with my friends ones! I haven't tried a lipstick from S&G yet, everyone raves about them so I really should give one a go! I think purple will be my next post :) xo

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  3. MAC Pink Plaid looks so lovely. I tend to stay away from pinks because - like the title - I find it a little too Barbie-ish and there's always a fine line between nice pink and tacky pink!

    xxx

    www.erinjaine.blogspot.com

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    1. I love it. I also have Snob, which is a blogger favourite, but I find against my skin tone Pink Plaid is much nicer :) xo

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  4. I think everyone should have a few pink shades in their make up collection, the item that catches my eye is the Tarte Blush - its beautiful x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Tarte blushes are just phenomenal xo

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  5. I've literally just written an 'All About Pink' post!! I love the Bourjois cream blushes too! Lovely post :)

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    1. Ah fab! You must pop me a link on Twitter when it's up :) Thanks Amy, really glad you enjoyed my pinktastic post xo

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  6. That tarte blush looks amazing. I really hope tarte comes to Ireland and the UK soon!
    I love the idea of colour themed posts.

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    1. Me too. I NEED everything Tarte do! xo

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  7. The MAC Pink Plaid lipstick looks so beautiful! I'm not a huge fan of pink, but I do enjoy wearing it sometimes x

    alexxgrace.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's a colour I go for more with blushes, but every now and then, I just want to go a bit overboard and wear everything pink! :) xo

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  8. I love this post so much! Pink used to be my go-to colour for all makeup, I've only recently realised that not everything pink suits me as much as I thought. Though I do love a bright pink lip for a night out! :) My favourite polish this summer was actually Sinful Colors' 24/7 which is a fantastic neon matte. I would love to see a post about purple products too. It's my absolute favourite colour but I never know how to wear it in makeup or what products would be best.

    And I just love your new hair by the way, it's so cool! :)

    Ra ♥

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    1. Thanks so much Ra, I'm really glad you liked my pinktastic post!! I haven't tried any Sinful colours yet, I can never decide which one to try! Thank you :) I feel much more 'me' again since getting my undercut back xo

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  9. I love the packaging on the Paul & Joe varnishes, so pretty. I've wanted a Tarte blush for the longest time. Are they worth investing in over the products we can get here? xo

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

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    1. I think they are, although all of mine are from America and have been either picked up by friends whilst on holiday or through a swap! I'm not sure I would pay the prices for them to be shipped over here as they are so expensive! xo

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  10. I actually own more peach shades than pink but I adore pink makeup x

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    1. I own so many peach and coral shades! :) xo

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