Lip Glosses Summer 2018... Splurge Spend & Save


Hello Lovelies,

Our summer... hello you beauty! The weather has been unreal, I am so happy the sun has been shining, it's been giving me all the wedding feels. I also can't believe I am now less than a month to my big day its sooo exciting!

One thing that has happened over the last few weeks is the postman has been visiting my house with some really interesting new samples. Lip Gloss is making it's big come back this season and I for one am delighted! I really tried with the whole matte lip look for the last few seasons. I spent a fortune of my own money buying liquid matte lipsticks, bullet matte lipsticks and went to countless launches of brands with matte lipsticks. I'd wear them and I'd re-apply throughout the day if needed but I really missed the creamy sensation on my lips.

I actually started to use a more gloss based lip for events last summer so now that we are in fully into Summer 2018 and more & more lip glosses are back on the scene I am delighted! I have four brands I want to mention to day which escalate in price but will give you an idea of what's on offer this season in terms of lip gloss.

Essence: Essence is a brand extremely well known in Ireland. For me it's the go to brand when you've forgotten something and you need a cheap fix that will work. Recently I attended an Essence Ireland event with Anita from Adorn and it was all about creating festival looks. We were asked to take products home to create a festival inspired look which I posted to my social media accounts a couple of weeks ago. For me, festival makeup while sitting in a tent with a small hand mirror needs to be simple and glowing and needs to stay put for hours on end. 

One of the products I used as part of my Essence makeup festival look was the Shine Shine Shine Lip gloss. "The lip gloss creates an extreme shine with a wet-look effect on the lips. The supple texture feels wonderfully pleasant and comes in a broad range of colours - including creamy nude shades, shimmering pink and intensive colours with a prism-glow finish. The heart-shaped flock applicator with a soft coating allows an accurate, smooth application." ( 

This lip gloss does exactly what it claims, it's really easy to apply, the nude pink shade I had was not too sticky so my hair didn't get too caught in it and it lasted a fair while. For under €5 this is an absolutely bargain and as I say if you are at a loose end or someone who is totally new to lips gloss then these are a great place to start!

Urban Decay:Next up and we do take a jump is price is a brand new product from the ever amazing Urban Decay Cosmetics. They have just launched their new Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss and it is retailing at €18 here in Ireland. There are 20 shades to choose from and available in locations such as Debenhams around Ireland. 

The new Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss is ultra-shiny, glides on cushiony-soft and provides long-lasting wear that’s comfortable, not tacky. Laced with vitamin E and peppermint oil, our hydrating formula leaves lips feeling nourished, has an immediate plumping effect and comes in a yummy vanilla-mint flavor. And wait until you see our lineup; whatever gloss frequency you’re on, we’ve got you covered. Tune in to everything from blaring brights to soft neutrals in four different effects—metallic, holographic, cream and sheer cream.Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free. (

I was kindly gifted Fireball, Midnight Cowgirl, Naked, SPL &. My absolute fave shade from these five beauties has to be Midnight Cowgirl, it's a fab sparkly nude shade. It's perfect to add a layer of sparkle over a lip pencil so you can have staying power with a glossy look. Fireball & SPL look very frightening in their boxes but on the lips bring a little party to your face so are great to have in your collection for a night out or if you're feeling fun. Naked has been living in my handbag quite a bit and the peppermint scent from the tube is lovely. At €18 a pop, with such a fab range of shades, if you loved a shade in the matte lippy for instance 1993 then having it in a gloss is just brilliant to move you right into the summer months. 

Lancome: The final lip gloss installment in this post is a serious splurge purchase. A brand so world famous they can totally justify their costs and that is Lancome. The doorbell rang one day over the Easter holidays and a lovely delivery man held out a Lancome bag asking for me by name. I had no idea this little gift was coming to me so when I opened the bad to see four of the new lip glosses I was just delighted with life. It's not every day you can say you own a €30 lip gloss while saving for a wedding and a house I can tell you that much!! The new product I was sent were four of the L’ Absolu Lacquer. 

The L'Absolu Lacquer buildable shine & colour longwear lip lacquer has a lightweight formula that coats the lips with colour and gives a high-shine lipstick finish. With buildable shine and colour you can create the lip look that you want, whilst ensuring lips are moisturised and hydrated for hours. Apply one coat for a sheer, natural look and a dewy shine finish. Apply two coats for intense colour and a high-shine finish. Apply three coats for a dramatic lip look head turning colour impact and an ultra lacquered shine! ( 

Back to my shades, I was kindly sent 134 Be Brilliant, 323 Shine Manifesto, 378 Be Unique & finally my favourite 202 Nuit & Jour!! They range froma  brilliant red to two pinks and my fave the 202 is a stunning nude shade. You can tell I have a thing about nudes... well I do! I was only at an event this week and purchased another nude lippy which may be a contender for my wedding day lip. The Nuit & Jour shade is deffo a product I will be keeping in my handbag the day of the wedding, it's the perfect top up product, so nice on the lips, not drying, not sticky just a stunning layer of colour and you really can build up the layers taking a little setting break in between layers.

So there we have it ladies... a little look at the lip glosses that have been happily added to my lip stash for the upcoming summer months. Now if only the weather would catch up and give us a chance to enjoy some sunshine that would be awesome!! Hope you enjoyed this post and of course any questions let me know.

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