The Beauty Bag: February

Welcome to the month of luuuurve. The month of which for one whole week you’ll be unable to get a dinner reservation for two, you won’t be able to move in your local WHSmith greeting card section and your Instagram feed will be full of red rose bunches. I may be accounted for, but I’m more likely to be found downing slush puppies at the bowling alley with my girlfriends on the big day (more on that at a later date). But how could I resist a clichéd lip-lockin’ themed Beauty Bag? Lipsticks have been flying onto the shelves thick and fast for the past few weeks and I’ve been filtering through them with a big bottle of Bioderma by my side, so here’s the pick of my favourite formulas and finishes that will be making it into my kit this month…

Laura Mercier Créme Smooth Lip Colour in Arabesque is a recent purchase (soon to be waved around in Sunday’s Haul Video) that hits the nail on the head for peachy pink perfection. Perhaps a little too stark when heavy slicked onto the lips, put patted in with a dab of balm gives a fresh look to your pout. For the scent alone – blackberry and liquorice if you were wondering, Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Juicy Clementine* will be making an appearance in my lip rotation, think a softer, more everyday version of MAC’s Morange, and I’ve already covered the ground of Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar*, so no need to re-rave about that one.

The new Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipsticks are popping up all over the shop at the moment, and after road-testing a few of the shades the mauve-toned nude Rose Tweed* is my top pick – it reminds me of a colour Lily would absolutely rock. For days when I fancy more a of a pop, you can’t get more ‘in yer face‘ than Illamasqua’s Lipstick in Immodest* or Sleek’s True Colour Lipstick in Loved Up; both pinks that lean on opposite sides of the colour spectrum. I have visions of throwing on Immodest with dewy skin, mascara and not much else. To round of my ménage of lip treats, Topshop have been upping their game recently. Whimsical, is in a similar vein to Laura Mercier’s Arabesque but slightly more matte in texture. Have I said before that I love a peachy lip?

So put ’em on, pout and pucker up and to fit them all in I think I may need a new bag. Heads up to those of you who are more inclined to the whole Valentine’s Day thing, keep a close eye as I have just a look (or three) up my sleeve that you may be interested in…

*PR Samples


  • Hahaha, I love this text!

    • Glad you liked it ;) 

  • really cute photos!! loved how everything is placed

    • Thanks – there’s a lot of blue-tack holding that all together! 😉

  • Mzelle-mara
    • Thank you :) 

  • Holly Skelton

    I want this collection! The colours look fab and I think I will be investing in a Topshop lipstick soon. Holly xx

    • They have some great colours Holly! Really tempted by some of the darker shades they have :) 

  • I couldn’t care less about Valentine’s Day to be honest, but any excuse to sport a bright red lip will do! I’m loving the look of the Topshop lipstick and I definitely need to get my hands on a few shades of the Apocalips everyone’s raving about!

    • Haha I feel the same 😉 The Apocalips are great – stick to the darker colours though, the more nudey ones can be a little streaky!

  • Thatsso Sonny

    I really wanna buy some of the apocolips lip stains

    • They are fab! Stick to the darker shades though – they are awesome!

  • Chloe Myrkvi

    Oh god, this post made me quiver with envy. I love the sight of brand new lipsticks. 

    • Haha me too – it took a lot of restraint not to use any of these until the picture was taken ;) 

      • Chloe Myrkvi

        Haha definitely – waiting to take pictures before using a new product is the greatest torture ever! :p

  • Evi K.

    Beautiful photos! I’m currently addidcted to all kinds of red lipstick, though now I see pinky-peach brights look very, very enticing…


    • Ah who doesn’t love a good peachy pink 😉

  • joysteib

    Loved how you photographed them!!!!  So far, by the looks of them I am loving the colors!!!! 🙂

    • Cheers hun! There’s a lot of blue tack holding that all together 🙂

  • Ooh!  That Laura Mercier one looks gorgeous!

    • It really is! Patted into the lips with some By Terry Baume de Rose it looks even better 😉

  • Millie

    Great post! I recently purchased Topshops  Whimsical and I love it! 🙂 ♥

    • It’s a beauty isn’t it! 🙂

  • Pippa Jones

    Love the bourjour lipstick really pretty red! Nice selection of lipstick you have there! 

    Pipp xx

  • Julia Jones

    I love this because it doesn’t feel like you’re trying to sell me anything. You’ve purchased a lot of items yourself as well as received some and I appreciate that. Laura Mercier looks divine, I need to buy so many more new lipsticks, thanks for the reminder! 

    • As I always say – I may be lucky to get sent a few things but my bank balance is always still sad at the end of the month 😉 And no worries – glad you enjoyed the reminder!

  • Great post, it seems like lipsticks are everywhere lately and I find myself heading towards the lip section as soon as I enter shoppers. Must be a lip epademic

    • They really are!!! I’m guessing everyone’s trying to do it for the whole valentine’s thing ;) 

  • confessionsofabeautylover

    Great post, love the sound of them all! Definitely will be checking most of them out! Really want to try the new rimmel lipgloss/lipsticks – ! x

    • They are fab! Stellar is the best of the bunch 🙂

  • love your creativity with the images. that sounded like a spam comment. but i do!

    • Haha – thanks! 🙂

  • Lilywhiteenglishrose

    fab post, these colours are so pretty 😀 i am loving a red lip at the moment 😀

    • Me too – who doesn’t love a good red 🙂

  • helen.reading

    love all lipsticks, definitely need to try the rimmel apacolips!

    • Ah thanks! 🙂

  • Nancy

    Love love love! A lipstick junkie’s heaven!

    • Haha – it is ;) 

  • funschokoshake

    wow, lovely 

    xoxo anni

  • Liora tamam

    this is like heaven in a bag! xx

    • Haha! This comment made me smile 😉

  • katherine.parkes

    I’m a massive fan of the apocalips and the new bourjois lipsticks, some of the best releases from drugstore brands in ages! x

    • Drugstore brands are really stepping it up at the moment – agreed! 🙂

  • Oooo cant wait for Sundays Haul video. Those Bourjois Rouge Editions look so expensive to me with that packaging. I’m not a Bourjois fan personally but they’ve done OK there

  • Diane

    Oh la la lipstick heaven right in front of me. Wowza 😉

  • Katie Fawcett

    Great post!

    Katie xo

  • Frida_g_svensson

    I just found your blog and I looooove it! what a little gem in the bloggosphere!

  • I seriously love all your post, there are so entertaining to read and you have great pictures also!
    I have never tried a topshop lipstick before, but love their packaging and the color you have it’s super pretty!