Smile for it All is on Instagram!

Anna Sui Rose Cheek Colour (blush) in 303  https://instagram.com/smileforitall/

Anna Sui Rose Cheek Colour (blush) in 303
https://instagram.com/smileforitall/

Hello everyone!!

It’s been way too long since I last wrote a post and I cannot tell you how nostalgic it feels to be sharing something with you all again.

First, I want to say thank you to the few of you who have been following my blog for oh-so-long. I love that I can share my hobbies and something that I get joy out of with those of you out there, reading this now. (Insert awkward internet hug here.) Your likes, comments and views just make me grin.. so thank you!

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog as much as I wanted. Life has gotten busy and time has been going by like the snap of a finger. However, today I’m excited to share a new adventure with you all, one that I hope you will join me on. Smile for it All is now on Instagram!!

For the last year I have ooh-ed and ahh-ed over Insta beauty accounts, pouring over mini reviews, face of the day/night posts, product swatches, beauty shoutouts and so much more. I love how quickly, beautifully and easily people can share what they love. After a while of liking and commenting (I’m definitely one of those I-like-everything-always Instagram users), I felt an urge to join in and share my thoughts. That idea is finally becoming a reality and I am SUPER excited.

For those of you who enjoy beauty posts on Instagram, I would love for you to follow me @smileforitall and let me know what you think! And if you have a beauty account, please do comment below and let me know so I can ooh-away at your pictures as well.. because if it’s about makeup there is a pretty big chance I’ll become obsessed. #truth

Again, thank you to those who have read my posts in the past. I do hope to start blogging again. In the mean time, my camera and my makeup bag will go side-by-side.

Take care and hope to see you all on Instagram!

Account: https://instagram.com/smileforitall/ 

Bold or Sheer- A Red Lip for Every Girl

A red lip is classic, timeless and elegant. Texture, to me, is just as important as colour. Whether you prefer a bold pop of colour or a sheer stain, there is something out there for everyone.
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BOLD LOOKS:
For a bold look with staying power: Lip Cream
Lip creams (also known as liquid lipsticks) are excellent if you want something that will stay on for the day and throughout meals.  I like the Avon “Glazewear” cream lip line, particularly in the shade Passionate. It applies as a gloss and sets within minutes. Because it’s quite creamy, it can smudge without a lip liner. If you prefer something that will not budge, Hourglass and NYX matte lip creams are great options.

For a classic lip: Lipstick
You can’t get more timeless than a red lipstick. Although it may not have the staying power of a cream, the feel and finish is much lighter- with the same amount of pigment. I’m a huge fan of the Rimmel by Kate lipstick in 09 which is not drying and has great staying power. Clinique’s Colour Surge lipstick in Wild, Bite Beauty’s Cranberry and Revlon’s Wine with Everything are also beautiful shades. If you’re not keen on searching around, MAC is known for its classic reds: Russian Red and Ruby Woo.

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SHEER LOOKS:
For a shiny, plump pout: Lip Gloss
A great option if you’re not ready to commit to a full out red lipstick, a gloss will give you noticeable colour and a lot of shine. My go to red gloss choices include the Sephora Ultra Shine lip gloss in Gorgeous Red and the Estee Lauder Pure Pops gloss in Berry Twist.

For a sheer colour that lets your lips shine though (and doesn’t stain a cup): Liquid Stain
Liquid stains are the ideal product if you want a long-lasting tint of colour with a natural finish.  I like Benefit’s Benetint, which can be used on the lips as well as cheeks. If you’re in the UK, Me Me Me makes a great dupe called Pussy Cat.

For a subtle hint of colour: Tinted Lip Balm
Just think of this as your basic lip balm with a slight hint of colour. Maybelline’s Baby Lips line has a gorgeous red shade called Cherry Me which not only looks great, but smells like candy (bonus points!).

Lip Liner
Last but not least, if you’re reaching for a heavier product like a lipstick or a lip cream, a lipliner is a must! But before you  run over to the MAC counter, take a peak at the Annabelle lip liner in Cherry. It’s a beautiful shade that’s priced at an amazing $3.

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Whether you’re looking for the ‘wow’ factor or something a bit more subtle, remember that there is something out there for you. And if you’ve already found your go-to red, I’d love to hear what it is below!

Lips, Lipstick, Lipgloss & Lippies

My mum, while being a makeup minimalist, has always had a weakness for good lipsticks. When I first started wearing makeup years ago, her advice was simple:  no makeup look is complete without some colour on your lips.

Perhaps her advice is the reason I’ve been wearing more lip products recently. Or it might just be because I have been lazy and haven’t wanted to fiddle around with liquid liners and brushes. Whatever the reason, I have been regularly sporting a bright or bold lip on nights out these past few months.  Here are some of the products that I have been reaching for!

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1. MAC Lipstick in See Sheer
A sheer coral that looks different on everyone. On me it looks like a peachy coral but on my friend who has very red lips, it looks like a bright tangerine coral.

2. Essence Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss in Candy Bar
A pigmented, bright coral lipgloss that is hydrating. Is has no glitter or shimmer, which makes it great for day wear. And the price point is fantastic! Can you really ask for more?

3. MAC Lipstick in Captive
One of the first MAC lipsticks I ever bought and one of my favourites ’till today. Similar to my own lips, it’s a pink with berry/plum tones.

4. Milani Colour Statement Lipstick in Uptown Mauve
Colour statement is right! This lipstick is bold and I love it! Smooth, creamy, great smell, strong pigmentation and sleek packaging. Plus it’s not drying. All around ten.

5. Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in 06
A deep red that leaves a stain as it fades- which is great for when you can’t always run to a mirror and re-apply. Funny enough, my boyfriend bought this for me. He was never a huge fan of red lips but this baby changed his mind.

6. Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Lollipop
A buttery, smooth formula in a bright hot pink. My only word of caution with this line is that the buttery texture of these lippies can cause them to bleed and smudge, so a lipliner is necessary.

That’s all for now! If you’ve got a colour you’ve been loving recently, comment below! I’d love to hear.

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the contests from my last post if you haven’t already! Good Luck!