Tried and Tested: DUPE? Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick vs Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit

As you may have seen in my last liquid lipstick faves and hates post, the Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick in Celebrity Skin and the Barry M Matte Me Up lip kit in Go To Nude are two of my absolute favourite liquid lipsticks that I’ve tried and are the two that I use daily.

When doing that post and swatching them side by side, I realised just how similar they really are. How I never realised this before is beyond me. When put on the lips side by side, the difference is undetectable.

Left side: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in ‘Celebrity Skin’ – Right side: Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in ‘Go To Nude’

Left: Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in ‘Go To Nude’. Right side: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in ‘Celebrity Skin’.

I decided to wear these two liquid lipsticks throughout the day to see if the price difference is really worth it.

Check in 1 (after food): 

For the most part, these liquid lipsticks lasted through food (which was pretty greasy may I add, they handled it well). The top of the lip stayed on completely, however on the bottom lip, the inner rim on both of these faded during eating, which I feel is normal for any lipstick. However, the damage done was very minimal and both of them looked about the same afterwards.

Check in two (reapplication):

When I reapplied these lipsticks on top of themselves, they both went on very smoothly and didn’t cake or bunch up on the lips at all, which a lot of lipsticks tend to do.

The only noticeable difference between the two was that the Jeffree Star side felt a lot more plush when the lips were pushed together, whereas the Barry M felt a lot more dry, but not in a bad way. They both still felt very comfortable on the lips after reapplication and looked very smooth.

Check in 3 (end of the night):

I didn’t reapply again after initial reapplication and by the end of the night, even after eating and drinking, there was very minimal fading on both sides. In fact, they both wore exactly the same throughout the entire time I wore them. Like I said earlier on in the post, the only noticeable differences between these two lipsticks is the texture of them when you apply them and when they dry down.

The scent is also something I should note.  The Jeffree Star lipstick has a distinct minty smell, whereas the Barry M lipstick has no scent at all… which might be good for those of you who aren’t fond of scented products.

Overall, I’d say if you, like myself like the colour of celebrity skin and want a cheap alternative, snap up one of the lip kits while they’re still available! Or alternitavely, if you’ve managed to get hold of the Go To Nude lip kit and love the colour, the Jeffree Star one could be the one for you!

Dupe tested, dupe approved.

I got my lip kit on Superdrug’s website for £6.99 if they are still available or alternitavely on Barry M’s website. Be quick, they’re limited edition!

If you want to splurge and pay the £16, or liked the Barry M Lip kit and can’t get your hands on another, you can buy the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick on Beauty Bay or on his website.

Hope this was helpful to those of you, who like me, are completely obsessed with lipsticks!

Until next time,

C x (2)


LIQUID LIPSTICKS: Faves and Hates 

Liquid lipsticks have been hyped about for quite some time now. With a lot of brands jumping on the hype and making their versions of the perfect liquid lip, this has given me the time to try a lot of the different brands, formulas and colours, to see which are the absolute worst and best on the market.

I’m going to give you a run down of what I’ve found to be the worst liquid lips I’ve tried and which I have found to be holy grail status!


Left to right (worst to best) NYX Lip Lingerie in ‘Satin Ribbon’, Sleek Matte Me in ‘Vinto Tinto’, Primark Kiss Proof Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Pink in Excess’, Sephora Cream Lip Stain in ‘Infinite Rose’, Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in ‘Go To Nude’, Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in ‘Celebrity Skin’.


Arm swatches – Top to Bottom (worst to best)


First off, lets start with the worst, NYX Lip Lingerie.


When I initially saw these launch, I was beyond excited. At £6.50 a piece and a massive range of nude shades, I thought I was in for a bargain… oh how wrong I was. This colour is beautiful, but more so than the others in the collection that I’ve tried, it is completely streaky upon first application.


The product is very thick and moussey, so when you try to finesse the product or add a second layer – it becomes very cakey and bunches up, which accentuates every line on your lips.

What is even worse about this product is that because it is so cakey on the lips, it’s near impossible to get off. It’s got staying power, I give it that, but why would I want chapped looking lips to stay for a long time? No thank you. I have to scrub at it for at least 5 minutes before I’m even close to having it fully off and even then I’m left with bunched up product left clinging to my mouth.

I love NYX products, but this one was just a complete fail for me.


Next up is my other fail liquid lipstick, Sleek Matte Me.


Sleek Matte Me in Vinto Tinto

I absolutely love Sleek makeup products, so when I saw people across YouTube raving about these liquid lipsticks for only £5, I had to pick them up.

This colour and formula is very patchy and drying on the lips. Any movement of your mouth makes the lipstick crack and flake (which doesn’t make for a very pleasant experience when eating, who wants flaky bits of lipstick in their mouth and food? No thanks).

Upon application, it goes on extremely streaky, patchy and no-where near opaque. Even on a second layer, the product you apply on top removes the colour underneath, making some darker patches and some parts with product barely left there. This one again, has some unbelievable staying power, not even my oil based removers can fully remove it. However, it’s not worth it for how dry and flaky the actual product is.

Sorry Sleek, it’s a no from me.


Now, onto my absolute favourites!

To start off, let’s talk about Primark Kiss Proof Matte Liquid Lipsticks.


Primark Kiss Proof Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pink in Excess

Primark has definitely stepped it up with their makeup game in the last year and upon their release of their PS Pro range with these liquid lips for £3, I had to pick some up.

At the moment, there aren’t a whole lot of shades to choose from, but this one really caught my eye. It’s a very unique cool-toned grey-purple colour that I’ve never really seen before.

The formula is very smooth and pigmented upon first application and only needs one layer for full opacity. It doesn’t feel drying on the lips at all and stays for a good 5+ hours (without eating) before it starts to fade. When you do eat, it does fade a little on the inner rim of the mouth, but not a lot of damage is done and when reapplied, there’s no caking up on bunching, it reapplies just fine on top of itself.

Props to Primark on this one, absolute love!


Next up is the Sephora Cream Lip Stains.


Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Infinite Rose

I got this as a present from America, which makes me pretty sad that it’s so good as we don’t have Sephora over here in England.

This colour is one of the satin finishes in the collection, which is absolutely stunning. It’s a natural pinky rose colour with a golden peach undertone, which is perfect for everyday wear.

This formula is one of the smoothest I’ve ever tried in terms of how it applies on first application. When it dries, it almost feels like there’s nothing on the lips as it’s so lightweight, which is a massive factor I look for when it comes to trying liquid lipsticks.

This lipstick lasts for at least 6 hours before it starts to fade and even then, it still looks good and even better… it lasts through eating! Well worth the $14.

Well done Sephora, I can’t wait to try more of these!


Next up we have the new Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kits.


Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in Go To Nude


As a lover of brown-toned nudes, this colour is just perfect for me. As is the formula.

This liquid lipstick is a little different as it comes as part of the lip kits that Barry M sold as part of their limited edition lip kits for £6.99, which meant I got a matching lip liner with this, that I also really love. They also sell these in a variety of colours on their own too.

Anyway, the liquid lip itself is amazing on it’s own. The formula is extremely liquidy, which means you have to be extremely careful when applying, but when they’re on and they dry down, they’re there to stay. They take about a minute to dry down, which is quite fast compared to some others I’ve tried.

When dry, it feels very lightweight on the lips but feels completely dry, there’s no tack or stick when you put your lips together at all.

Barry M, take a bow, these are amazing.


Last but not least, one of my absolute favourite liquid lipsticks of all time, Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick.


Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin

This liquid lipstick has hype for a reason, especially this colour.

They are a little more pricey at £16, but they are completely worth it. When you apply it, there is a very strong distinct minty smell, which I love, but I know isn’t for everyone. It also feels very velvety and smooth upon application and has a very quick dry down time.

When you push your lips together, it feels very plush, despite being a lipstick that is fully matte, it makes your lips still feel very hydrated and smooths over lip lines to make the lips look very plump.

When dry, this lipstick doesn’t move. I’ve worn this lipstick to gigs, to meals, to work… it stays put through all of them, that’s what I want most from my liquid lipsticks!

Round of applause Jeffree, the hype is absolutely lived up to!


I know some of these may be different for everyone, some people love what I hate and some hate what I love, it’s all part of being a makeup lover!

What are your best and worst liquid lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

C x (2)






FESTIVAL MAKEUP: Top 5 Instagram Accounts for Makeup Inspiration

With festival season just around the corner, festival makeup is becoming more and more popular within the beauty community.

Coachella is currently going ahead in America, which means that many celebrities and makeup guru’s are sharing festival inspired makeup and outfit pictures.

Here are my top 5 instagram accounts to be following for all your festival makeup needs this Summer:

1) Desi Perkins (@desiperkins): Creative and beautiful yet simple. Desi is known for her bronzy, J-Lo inspired looks, but when festival season comes around, you can expect her to create something wearable and beautiful. For those of you who don’t want to go too over the top for a festival, Desi’s work is worth checking out!

Coachella vibes 🌵⭐️ peep the new video on this look👀

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2) Kristen Davis (krimd_): Over the past couple of months, I’ve seen Kristen’s work go viral. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you name a social media page, she’s probably on there too. Her makeup is blended to perfection and what she creates could be considered a piece of art really. She can go from wearable everyday neutral looks, to colourful, glittery, festival appropriate looks. Definitely one to follow this festival season!

3) Brookelle McKenzie (@bybrookelle): I’d say my go-to Instagram guru for any type of makeup is Brookelle, she creates some of the most unique looks and doesn’t shy away from going over the top with her makeup. Everything she does has a lot of thought put into it, every detail of her makeup has thought and reason and goes together to create an amazing full face. She’s promising more festival makeup looks in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned on her page to see what other amazing looks she comes up with next!

STARGAZER 🌟 ___________________________________________________________ How has the start of your 2017 been? Mine has been relentless! I haven't been able to catch a break yet. But I've been eating more fruit and trying to cut out milk, so it's not all bad ✌🏼️ ___________________________________________________________ Choker is from @fawnstar_ I USED: @anastasiabeverlyhills Stick Foundation 'Warm Tan' @anastasiabeverlyhills Modern Renaissance Palette @shopvioletvoss Holy Grail Palette @peachesmakeup Gatsby Pigment @thelashstorehq Lash Glue @chichicosmetics Glitter @limecrimemakeup Liquid Lipstick 'Elle' mixed w 'Lulu' @artistcouture Diamond Glow Powder 'Coco Bling' @ofracosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter Shout outs Dollar Tree for supplying my star sequins @socialeyeslash Minx 2.0 #maccosmetics Give Me Sun ___________________________________________________________ #anastasiabeverlyhills #abhmodernrenaissance #modernrenaissance #abhstickfoundation #violetvoss #peachesmakeup #chichicosmetics #artistcouture #socialeyeslash #ofracosmetics #chichicosmetics #limecrime #limecrimemakeup

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4) James Charles (@jamescharles): Of course the first coverboy is in my top 5 accounts to follow. James has stayed on my radar for a while his out-there looks. But for the festival season, he has really caught my eye for creating unusual, but beautiful looks. If you’re wanting a bright, colourful festival look, or something that is effortlessly unique, he’s the one to follow!

5) Katy DeGroot (lustrelux): Last but not least, I couldn’t forget Katy! Her work is very understated, she uses simple techniques and colours to create something so boldy effective. A lot of her bolder work is based off face charts and monochromatic themes, which stand out a lot to me. I think I’ll definitely be recreating some of her work!

Canelaaaaaa ✨🔥🔥 tutorial coming tomorrow 👀👀

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Are you going to a festival this year? Who are your favourite instagram accounts to follow for makeup inspo? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

C x (2)

YOU ME AT SIX: Night People Tour Newcastle: April 3, 2017.

You Me At Six are back, and they are better than ever.

On Monday, April 3, I saw You Me At Six on their return to Newcastle for their Night People tour, after having to travel up and down the country to see them for the last couple of tours, it was nice to see them back in the North-East.

They brought along with them Black Foxxes, a rock band from Exeter, that were alright, they didn’t excite me all that much, as well as Tonight Alive, a rock band from Sydney, Australia. TA really got the crowd going, playing their more well-known songs like ‘The Edge’ and ‘Lonely Girl’.

I’d listened to Tonight Alive prior to this show, but had never seen them live. However, I expected a good show from them, and they exceeded my expectations! They were a perfect fit among the nights line up and got the crowd ready for YMAS.

When Tonight Alive came onto stage, they were fronted by not only an angelic voice, but a literal angelic Jenna McDougall sporting all white and angel wings. Why does her outfit matter you may ask? It doesn’t, but hey, it looked good and all my eyes wanted to do was focus on her, so I thought it was worth a mention.

Now what we all came for, You Me At Six. They came on stage with their opener Night People, followed by Loverboy, which made the crowd go insane (aka the first pit of the night). They also played old favourites like Save It For The Bedroom and Stay With Me, which I know made the older fans (like myself) extremely happy.

Anyway, in their setlist was a mix of their albums old and new, although I think everyone was a little disappointed in the lack of Take Off Your Colours, until the mention of a possible 10 year anniversary tour (I can’t say I didn’t feel like crying in that moment… my early teen emo heart).

This band for me will always be one of the best live bands out there, they play shows with so much passion and charisma. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them live and not been impressed.

What really set the night off though, despite it being an amazing performance and atmosphere, was the inspiring speech from their frontman, Josh Franceschi. A speech where he spoke very passionately about accepting each other, no matter what skin colour, culture, sexuality, etc. For me, I thought that it was one of the best parts of the night. To hear your favourite band standing up and taking a stand really is quite beautiful.
They shared this speech across social media, so you can watch and listen here.

Overall, it was incredible to see them again and see how much they’ve developed their seemily pop-punk sound to complete soulful rock music over these years. Although I think they always have and always will be incredible performers, this show topped it for me!

If you’ve never seen them before, I can’t tell you enough to run and get tickets next time they’re playing near you, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Keep rockin’.

Until next time,

C x (2)

FULL FACE: Favourites

Everyone has those products that work for them. The products that you would happily reach for every single day over everything else. I thought I’d use all of my favourite makeup products to create a full face, and give you a run down of why I love them.

All about that base…


For me, having combination/acne prone skin, I’m always looking for a foundation that will give me that extra boost of hydration, still give me coverage… but also hold up when my oils come through. It’s a lot to ask from one product, I know. My current favourite and one of my all time favourite foundations is L’Oreal True Match. The texture is very light and almost feels like you’re applying a moisturiser to the skin, but with buildable coverage. It also gives you that ‘your skin but better’ look and doesn’t make my face look cakey throughout the day, even when my oils come through. I think it is an absolute steal for £9.99 (and sometimes on offer in Superdrug or Boots).


A cult favourite, Collection Lasting Perfection, this is a product that I’ve gone through tube after tube and will never get over the quality for the price. It’s full coverage whilst still looking skin-like and is the right consistency to put under the eyes as well as onto blemishes. It’s hard for another concealer to top this one for me.


I seem to be very fond of the cult favourite makeup items, but I guess they’re too good to not love. Rimmel Stay Matte powder has been one of my all time favourite makeup products for years and it still hasn’t changed. It sets my makeup and keeps me matte all day long… basically, it does what it says on the tin. It’s also amazing for taking on the go for touch-ups during the day it you need it because of the small compact packaging, bonus points for that from me!

Highlighter & Bronzer

My last post was reviewing the Lottie London Shimmer Squad Highlighting Palette, which has quickly become one of my favourite highlighting palettes, ever. The texture is super buttery and smooth on the skin.  It has a shade that is light enough to highlight my super pale skin and even a shade that’s dark enough to bronze with. I’ve found that using a light hand with the darkest shade and hitting the perimiters of my face works amazing for a glowy, bronzed look, without being orange (a major selling point for me when it comes to bronzing).


My staple blush palette is a Makeup Revolution blush palette that I got as a ‘free gift’ as part of their Christmas deals, and it’s been my favourite blush ever since. I think it has since been discontinued (as far as I know). However, the pigment on these and all makeup revolution blush is just right, not too pigmented where you end up with clown face, but not sheer enough that it doesn’t show, it definitely shows.  This palette has an array of pink shades, from coral-pinks to darker mauvy-pinks, which is perfect when you want different blush shades to match different makeup looks. This palette has been my favourite since I first used it and I haven’t really touched another since.

Eyes, eyes, eyes.


I got the Morphe 35O as a present for my birthday after having eyeing it up on the morphe website since it came out. Unfortunately it was always massively hyped and always sold out. So when I finally got my hands on it, I was not disappointed and it quickly become my most used palette for every day.  This is every neutral eyeshadow lovers dream, the pigment of these shadows definitely lives up to the hype, they give off amazing pay off with one swipe, using a brush or fingers (no fix+ needed!) If you’re looking for a neutral palette, this is definitely the one for you.


After looking for something other than my beloved Maybelline Lash Sensational, I was recommended the L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara by my friend. I never thought that anything could the lash sensational, but the Telescopic did! I have naturally straight, small lashes. This however gives me lashes for daaaays! It gives me length without making my eyelashes look clumpy or spidery. It’s took over as my everyday mascara is going to be a hard one to replace next time I’m on the hunt for another (which I don’t see happening any time soon).


I’m always looking for affordable lashes, so when I found a pack of 5 lashes on eBay for £2.79, I was excited but sceptical. When they came, admittedly I didn’t think I was going to love them. But when I tried them, I fell in love. They’re definitely not for every day use (unless you’re into super dramatic lashes for everyday, you do you), but they’re amazing with a bold eye look as they’re fluttery and separated, instead of looking overly heavy and dragging my eyes down like some dramatic lashes do, easily my new favourite lashes!

Brows on fleek… kinda


Brows are the one thing that always need to be right for me, brows can make or break my makeup look. I was always a powder brow product girl, until I was introduced to the world of pomades and fibre brow gels. The most perfect combination for me is the Freedom Brow Pomade and the Essence Make Me Brow, these products are both dupes for higher end products, but work just as good, maybe even better than the originals. The Freedom pomade is supposed to be a dupe for the Anastasia Dipbrow, I say for the price difference, the Freedom one is worth giving a go at £5! The Essence Make Me Brow is a dupe for the benefit gimme brow, I pick this one over the gimme brow every time, it sets the brows in place and doesn’t make them look caked in product, it just gives the most natural full brow effect, and at £2.50, it can never be beaten.

The perfect pout 


I think everyone in the beauty community has heard of the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks and all of the hype that they’ve had since he released them. And they definitely live up to the hype. I have the shade ‘celebrity skin’ which is the perfect every day browny nude, which lasts so well and is worth the £16 price point. They last through eating, talking, anything you’re doing in your day, your lipstick will still look good by the end of it all.

You can buy all of these products below:

Foundation: L’Oréal True Match 

Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection

Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte

Highlighter & Bronzer: Lottie London Shimmer Squad

Blush: This palette isn’t available anymore but alternatively the Makeup Revolution Sugar & Spice palette is available

Eyeshadow: Morphe 35O (or alternatively morphe’s website)

Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic 

Eyelashes: #13 – eBay pack of 5 lashes

Eyebrows: Freedom Brow Pomade and Essence Make Me Brow

Lipstick:  Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick 

Until next time,

C x (2)