Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Oh So Chaud!

There are two colours of lipstick that certainly, most black women will have in their collection. The first is a browny toned lipstick, the "go to" lipstick; my mum has several. The brown lipstick is a colour championed above all as a nude lipstick for black ladies everywhere. In contention for second place, along with a dark plummy colour is ORANGE. Oh yes, the orange lipstick. I know that my eldest sister, who lived out her teens during the 90's had an orange lipstick which made an appearance in school photos and at parties. I remember speaking to her as she looked at an old photo, reminiscing on how bad the orange lipstick looked in hindsight and how much she enjoyed wearing that particular lipstick nevertheless.

Well now, the tables have turned. Orange lipstick is back on the map and causing a madness amongst fashionista's of every colour and every creed, everywhere. Some call it the new red. I think the two things are entirely separate and conjure different emotions but the important thing is that for those who dare, or those who are simply curious, there is an orange lipstick out there for you at a variety of price ranges. Oh yes.

I went to MAC to lose my orange lipstick virginity and picked up a deep, burnt, matte orange called "So Chaud." The ladies let me play, handing me lipliners and glosses to try with it. I thought I hated it at first, but I played with it and found the end result quite pleasing. I bought my own, took it home and continued to experiment, finding that a brown lipliner, and a brown lipgloss heavily laden with golden flecks, made the lipstick an everyday wearable item rather than a lipstick that you never use because you feel it to be too wild and too bright.

 Above I am just wearing the lipstick which is nice but I added lipgloss anyway which makes everything look a bit more...Juicy :-).

Graftobian HD Creme foundation, Sleek Liquid Illuminator in "Goddess", Sleek Contour Kit in Dark, Sleek blush in Scandalous.
MAC Folie eyeshadow, Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Black, Loreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Extra black.
NYX lip/eye pencil in "brown", MAC "So Chaud" Lipstick, Benefit Lip gloss in "Almost Famous"

I got mine from MAC but orange and coral is EVERYWHERE, so check out Sleek at your local Superdrug where you can pick up fabulous lipsticks for around a fiver. Rimmel are sure to have their own take on this trend and many others. If however, you are unlikely to ever become a wearer of orange lipstick, lighten your life with a spot of orange or coral coloured nail polish. Rimmel has a stunning coral rightly labelled "Coral Queen". So as the weather brightens, let your tastes broaden and give the vibrance of orange a go! :-)

Hugs and Kisses,


  1. the colour looks really nice on you!

  2. Hi, you look really nice!
    I'm totally your skin match.
    If you don't mind me asking which creme foundation are you wearing in Graftobian??

  3. @shanel b: Hi lovey! Thankyou very much for the compliment! The creme foundation colour that I wear is in...(runs to her makeup box to check) Burnt Amber. I ordered it online and i got my colour match from an awesome thing called The foundation Matrix. If you know the colour you are in Mac, or Iman, or Makeup forever or Revlon etc you can find similar colours in different brands of foundation. It's amazing. Here's the link:- http://www.temptalia.com/foundation-matrix to one of the most awesome beauty blogs ever and I hope this helps. Sorry for the 100 year wait for a reply and thanks for stopping! xxxx

  4. omg I had to say this : You are sooooooo gorgeous <3 like super pretty and your smile is amazing !!!

  5. Oh Elisabeth thankyou! That's just made my day :-)
    Hugs and Kisses xxxx