Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Holidays from the Lipstick Bandits!

It's five more days till Christmas! Well, five for me - as some of you may know, in Poland the biggest holiday celebrations actually take place on Christmas Eve, when we sit down for a no-meat dinner just after the first star appears on the winter sky. We're flying to Warsaw on Friday and I'm super excited (as well as praying for no snow so that we can in fact make it to our family dinner in time)!

Just in time for the Holidays, Lipstick Bandits bring to you another lip-obsessed post, this time the theme being red and sparkly! No, I don't think it gets any better than that...

Well, other than I have a little confession to make. I kind of struggle with sparkles on the lips - anything bigger than tiny shimmers and I feel like I'm back at highschool. I know however that I was not the only one secretly bitching about the sparkles! Anyway, so I cheated a little bit; I just layered a nude gloss with a very fine shimmer for a bit of oomph. Not that my lipstick of choice actually needed any more oomph - just take a look!

I posted a little sneak peek of this beauty in my Milani Haul; it's a Milani Color Perfect Lipstick in Berry Rich. Does the shade name remind anyone of the Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry? No? Well then, it's just me...

Here are some shade comparison swatches for you; MAC Cockney is a good example of a 'true' red, Berry Rich just looks pink next to it! Sleek Cherry is definitely darker and a bit more purple, with Inglot no. 58 being the closest match. However, I find Inglot to be a bit more of a raspberry pink, whereas Milani is leaning towards strawberry; does it make any sense to you or are you just picturing a fruit salad now?

The top lip swatch is for Milani Berry Rich dabbed onto the lips and worked in with a finger for a light stain; how different! The middle one is Berry Rich applied opaquely from the bullet with no lip liner, and the bottom is Berry Rich topped with Michael Todd lipgloss in Natural. See, I told you it was red!

And some full face shots - if Larie can do it, I can do it too!

Are you positive no one's watching and I can eat my Christmas cookie now?

As per usual, check out other Lipstick Bandits' picks for the season :)
I will also take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic Holiday season, with lots of beautiful gifts, delicious homemade food and of course amazing time with your friends and families. Wesołych Świąt!

*EDIT* I'm sorry about publishing a slightly outdated post - I didn't have time to edit before I left! Anyhow, links are uploaded now, so go peruse gorgeous wintery reds, lovelies :) More posts coming soon!


  1. Wow! This lip combo is so gorgeous! It makes your lips positively POP! Love it!

  2. Wow! Great lip look transformation. Thanks for showing us the breakdown. I think the other layers really add a lot of depth to the sparkly lip and you did such a good job in choosing the shades. :) So pretty Rocaille!

  3. I hope you had a wonderful Wigilia!

  4. Yes, high five! We can do those full face shots ;) You look stunning! I love the lip, er, gradient photo, too. Very helpful!

    That cookie...can I have it? :D

  5. Beautiful! Just beautiful!! And we can see your pretty face too! :) I love the combo you created-it's gorgeous on your skin tone. LOVE.
    Hope you are having fun in Warsaw!

  6. So gorgeous and festive! And your full face shots are beautiful :) you happen to have more of those star cookies? I want!

  7. Wooow! This duo makes your lips look grrreeeaaaattt! :D

  8. So lovely! This red looks gorgeous on you :).

  9. This is a BERRY nice colour ;)
    YAY for full face shots too :D

  10. !! You're totally right - there is a HUGE difference between the blotted and opaque effect. I didn't see that one coming at all!

    Yours is my favourite of all the LB looks this time 'round. :D I just -- ahh! The steps of the process all just look so DIFFERENT! *flails*

  11. Such succulent looking lips! Love the colour combos and yay for full face shots!

  12. All of these lipsticks are soooo beautiful and perfect for the holiday season. Your lipstick swatches are amazing! I always struggle with mine and they end up looking terrible. :( You're very pretty! <3

  13. 3 looks with 1 lipstick, how cool is that?! :) gorgeous Rocaille and yes, keep those full face shots coming :D

  14. You look GORGEOUS! And your lips look amazing!

    There's nothing like a new tube of lipstick. Siiiiigh.