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Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse & Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Nectar

If you’re anything like me, your makeup and fashion choices tend to reflect your mood, the weather and how rushed you are! It’s getting pretty bleak in Sydney at the moment (we are in Autumn or how my American friends would call it – Fall) with constant rain and gloomy mornings… I’ve decided to pick myself up by using colours that I wouldn’t usually wear in such weather conditions (so think summer/spring shades). And as Goss Makeup Artist puts it – doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing is sure to make you stand out!


A few months or weeks ago, I bought myself a Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Muse because I had heard great things about the formula and the colour! I never thought I could pull of coral shades, as the lighter they tend to be, the more washed out I look. I saw this particular colour on Karens blog (the world famous Makeup & Beauty blog) paired with the Hourglass gloss in Nectar and I just couldn’t get it out of my mind, it was that beautiful! I figured, hey if Karen can do it – so can I 😀 (I might add that Karens colourings are nothing like mine, so a little delusion played a part lol).


Above: The top swatch is of the Opaque Liquid Lipstick in Muse and the bottom swatch is the Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Nectar

The liquid lipstick is gorgeous <3! It dries to a matte finish and I would say that the shade is a medium coral. Your lips have to be in decent condition before using this liquid lipstick (otherwise it will stick to your lips unevenly) but ‘painting’ on a nice thin layer is super easy (even with the doe foot applicator). If you happen to smear some product beyond your lip line, use a cotton tip to wipe up any excess (if you do this relatively quickly, you won’t incur any staining beyond your lip line). It’s very pigmented as you would expect, so no layering is required. On that note I should say that touch ups are a little tricky because the more you layer this product, the more it will start to cake and look uneven. If you stick to one thin layer on your lips, then you will be fine.

It lasts for hours (I stopped counting after a while because I just forgot lol). If you do eat and drink, the liquid lipstick could start to fade from the centre of your lips. In this case, I wouldn’t just apply more product onto your lips, I would use a facial wipe (or any other makeup remover – but a facial wipe works fine and is easy to carry around if you are out) to wipe up the remaining product on your lips, dry your lips with a tissue and then reapply the liquid lipstick starting from scratch. It is a little minus, but hey, it’s such a glorious colour and texture that the extra little work makes it worthwhile.


Above: Wearing the wonderful Hourglass Opaque Rouge Lipstick in Muse.

Even though Karen wears the Liquid Rouge Lipstick in Muse along with the Nectar lipgloss, I can’t seem to do this. With added gloss, the lip colour just looks ‘tacky’ on me and way over the top. Plus, then you can’t see the gorgeous velvety matte texture of the lipstick which is a shame. If you have a deeper skin tone you will probably be able to get away with doing this! The gloss however is lovely on its own, giving your lips a sheer vale of pinky-peach colour (and is so much easier to upkeep during a regular work day or day out!).


Above: Wearing the Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Nectar. The light started to dwindle when I took this shot, hence it’s not as sharp as the first one. The colours are all still very true to how they appear in life, hence why I decided to go with this shot over some others. 

When wearing the Liquid Lipstick in Muse, I should also add that I left my eyes very simple (I brushed on a bone coloured eyeshadow all over my lids to even out their skin tone, used a cool brown to contour my crease, dabbed on a tiny amount of pearl eyeshadow on my inner corners and used a flesh toned eye pencil in my water line) so that no other colours compete with my lips. Lashings of mascara are allowed so that your eyes don’t ‘disappear’ in the background. I didn’t add any blush to my cheeks, only some bronzer when contouring (to bring somewarmth to my pale face). If you are very very fair and you want to skip the bronzer/contouring, add a touch or rosy blush to your cheeks (so that your skin doesn’t appear to be to shallow).

When using just the gloss on my lips, I followed the same makeup routine, expect that I defined my eyes a little more using some black liner (or black eyeshadow pushed into the lashline). I didn’t use any eyeliner when wearing the liquid lipstick, because I wanted the look to be very ‘clean’ and uncomplicated.

I’m going to try and rock both of these ‘looks’ over the next couple of weeks, just to perk me up a bit when it’s seriously gloomy outside.

Do you love coral lips? Any shades that you recommend? It’s definitely worth stepping out of your comfort zone every now and again! Let me know if you are trying something different this week! 🙂

Until next time beauties,

Beauty Bee~

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