I don’t know about you lot, but I’m not ashamed (okay, maybe a little ashamed) to admit that I just recently watched the entire series of Gossip Girl for the sixth time. Is it totally sad that I’m still not over it and into Stranger Things or Riverdale or whatever the cool kids are watching these days?
Its been five years since the show which was such an iconic part of my young (ish) adulthood went off the air. And while some of Blair, Serena and Vanessa’s fashion choices seem questionable at best in 2017 (here’s looking at you yellow shoes with green coat), the one thing that I noticed was that the beauty looks from the show are still as fresh, classic and achievable as ever – seriously hydrated, glowy skin offset by a smidgen of bronzer, blusher and barely-there shadow. None of this caterpillar brow, over-contoured, see-it-from-space highlight nonsense that girls on Instagram seem only too keen to endorse these days.
But probably the most note-worthy beauty feature on the show, to me anyway, were their lips. Never overdrawn, or even lined for that matter. Never matte with product settling into lip lines or clumping up. Never blown up or injected cough KylieJenner cough. Instead, they just went with their natural lip shapes which were accentuated by perfectly by pouty, glossy but never sticky lipsticks and balms. A sophisticated Upper East Side polish which seemed borderline unattainable – until now.
You see, Burt’s Bees have recently launched a lipstick line that is so sumptuous and hydrating, it feels like a lipstick and a balm rolled into one aka the easiest way to achieve the glossy, polished Manhattan socialite look minus the designer price tag. Hydrating without being overly glossy or sticky yet whilst staying incredibly pigmented, these babies truly are lipsticks that love you and your lips back just as much as you’ll love them.
They invited me down to the Intu Trafford Centre last week to meet with shoppers and blog followers to chat about beauty and test out some of my favourite shades – digitally – which was a unique experience. It was not only fun being snapped trying on the shades off a computer screen, but completely rid me of the stress of having to wipe off shades to try on new ones. Because let’s face it, I’m lazy AF.
The lipstick comes in eighteen gorgeous shades of nudes, reds, wines, berries, pinks and even browns, so there’s something for everyone. I’ve been wearing them non-stop since I got my hands on them – to the gym, to work and on a night out with the girls. The formulation is light enough to be perfect for summer, but intensely hydrating enough to be worn through winter and not have to worry about slathering lip balm over your lips half way through the day.
By far my favourite lippie of the moment (I’ve almost entirely forgotten about the arsenal of liquid lipsticks taking up space in my dressing table), my only slight criticism of the product is that it isn’t very long-wearing and tends to rub off in an hour or two, especially if you’ve been eating, drinking or locking lips. However, when it does, it leaves behind a light, beautiful hint of colour, almost like a lip stain, that keeps you going until your next application.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to give all of 2017’s crazy social media fuelled beauty trends a rest and go back to the classics, are you? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below. Until then, you know you love me. xoxo