Matchy, Matchy

After weeks upon weeks of sticking in my safe neutral territories in the nail and lip zones – Nails Inc Porchester Square I’m looking at you intently here – I needed an injection of colour. Something a little more daring than the wishy washy pastels usually akin to spring, I wanted it to pack a punch. So I riffled through my collection with visions of summer in mind (I think yesterday’s glow-getting post has gone to my head), and scoured for a lacquer/lip combo that would pop against my usual all-black uniform. After a vast search across numerous MUJI drawers I found it – a hot orange-tinged red duo and yep I’ve gone all matchy, matchy and I rather like it…

Lets chat lips. Now I’ve never really found a chunky lip pencil product that I’ve lurved; there’s been ones that I’ve liked – I’d say Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks are the best I’ve tried previously – but the formulas can sometimes be a little dry and the colour ranges off. Enter Poppy King’s Lipstick Queen offering, a formula that hit the market years before any of its lip pencil product predecessors, nourishing with a kick-ass colour lineup. I settled on the Chinatown Glossy Lip Pencil in Genre*, an orange laced rouge that delivers a drawn on sheer pout of colour, without just the right balance of glossy. Reflecting that shade in the nails was a no-brainer. CHANEL’s Holiday Le Vernis Nail Lacquer was instantly fished out and layered on and I haven’t stopped reaching my hand to my face since in the hope that someone will catch on. Oh so subtle, me.

A well placed hit of colour; I actually think I’m suffering from ‘new nail‘ syndrome, you know where you almost walk into lamp posts cause your peepers are so glued to your talons? It happens. The lip colour is getting the same love too. I even whipped it out on the tube and reapplied, something I never do through fear of wonky application and gawping stares. A colour coordinating convert? Who knows.

*PR Sample


  • The shades you’ve used are gorgeous, they really suit you as well, the orangey red πŸ™‚ I think I’ll have to have a look at the Poppy King lipsticks, I love crayon-type products!
    Eleanor x

  • Rocio Letitbecosy

    Oh… That nail color! I have the color ‘Dragon’, a beautiful red,form their Spring collection and its quite nice but this… I love it!

    Rocio x

  • Anna Blush

    Such a nice change mixing up colours a bit, lovely choice!

  • And I know what I’m going to do with my nails and lips this weekend!

    Lottie x

  • joysteib

    Really, really loving these beautiful spring/summer colors!!! Bold and Beautiful!!

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  • WY

    I love the matchy-matchy look! Gosh, I think I need to pop by Selfdriges to check out Lipstick Queen Lip Pencils now… x

  • Charlotte

    Aw this is gorgeous! The Lipstick Queen Lip Pencil sounds amazing and is such a nice summer colour xx

  • I love orange red! CHANELÒ€ℒs Holiday is gorgeous!!!!

  • Christina

    Oh I love this colour!! I think I’ll try a matchy matchy look myself this weekend! Thanks Anna πŸ˜‰

  • Chloe Robinson

    I’ve always wanted to try some products from Lipstick Queen but I never have … this shade looks really gorgeous so I might have to have a look next time I’m in Space NK πŸ™‚

  • I am in love!! The lips…oh my, what a fabulous colour. And don’t get me started on the nail varnish. I need that in my life.

  • Millie

    I love the nail polish! I really want to try a Chanel polish, but the price puts me off, would you say they’re worth it? πŸ™‚ Γ’β„’Β₯

  • Maddy Cane

    Lovely look, such a pretty colour! xxx

  • Katie

    Love matching lips and nails! xx

  • Emily

    You preach the beauty truth again! I’ve stared at my nails so often before that it’s like we’re in a relationship (which we are, let’s be honest). love that color on you!

  • Emma Stanworth

    I love a bit of colour coordination, especially with beauty!

  • Love this! I didn’t know Poppy King’s Lip Pencils! Must try ASAP πŸ˜‰ Xx

  • talisa

    I love the matchy matchy look!

    To celebrate the start of my new blog i’m giving away Roberto Cavalli’s latest perfume, i’d love if you could enter πŸ™‚

    talisa xx

  • Pippa Jones

    Lovely look. The red lip colour is soo pretty! Lovely orangey red!!

    Pipp xx

  • Grace

    Oh what a great combination! The nail polish is fab! x

  • Hollie Galvin

    I WILL buy holiday this weekend. I will I will.
    These two are a lovely duo together, you pull off any lippy Anna!

  • Beca Alderson

    These are an amazing match! Such a pretty summer colour πŸ˜€ xxx

  • Amy

    Great match! the nail polish looks so bright and perfect to brighten up a dark day (which we seem to be having a lot of here in the UK) xxx

    Amy |

  • beautyandtheb

    The nail colour is soo pretty, roll on spring!

    B xxx

  • katherine.parkes

    wish I pulled off orangey lips as well as you! x

  • Camey

    Ah, major want-ingness going on here with the nail polish and Lipstick Queen pencil! So gorgeous. The NARS Velvet Gloss pencils are also awesome, I have a feeling you might like peachy-pink New Lover! πŸ™‚

    • Camey

      Happy Days is also beautiful!

  • You really have a knack for writing – I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts. I think you’d be perfect for the current position going with Into the Gloss! x

  • So lovely! The color is just perfect for spring!!


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  • Carrie

    the colours are beautiful. perfect for spring πŸ˜€

  • The colours lovely. specially the red nail polish