Happy Wednesday Everyone!
Happy Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you soul sisters out there. Yes, after this we can FINALLY pretend I’m not the biggest Valentine’s fan and never talk about this stinking holiday again (until next year, of course).
This week I wanted to give a review with a twist.. and so I’m gonna give y’all the 411 on what it’s REALLY like to sport the lippies that Anastasia Steele does in Fifty Shades (Darker)!
Yes, not only am I a mush for Valentine’s, but I’m also totally obsessed with Fifty Shades. Think what you want, but there’s no denying they come out with a bomb soundtrack every year AND there’s ALWAYS some appeal to a love story (even if it’s a little twisted).
So last year, Cosmo released some of the shades Ana wore in the movie, and of course, being the dedicated fan that I am (as well as lipstick fanatic) had to go out and get them. I mean, who doesn’t want to have the most perfect berry lip? Because that is something I’ve been trying to achieve since like high school..
So without further ado, let’s get into it! And stay tuned until the end if you want my opinion on the movie’s album too (spoiler alert** JAMIE DORNAN SINGS A BONUS TRACK, THIS IS NOT A DRILL)!
1. MAC Lip Pencil in ‘Burgundy’ and Glossier Generation G in ‘Jam’
Allegedly, this is the lip combo for when Ana and Christian grace the world with their presence at the Masquerade Charity Ball.
Honestly, I love this combo. I know that in the picture it is most definitely a dark berry (borderline burgundy?), but after a few dabs with a tissue and a little wear on the lip, it’s a pretty spot on color to the one in the movie.. which I mean is to be expected, right? AND to be fair, I maybe went a little ham with the lip pencil.. I think the star here is definitely supposed to be the Glossier lip tint!
Also, if the glossy look isn’t your thing, fear not! It dries down after a little bit to a matte finish and will stay on for quite a while (something that is important to me)! BUT if the glossy look is for you, then just keep reapplying the Glossier lippie to keep you looking fine, fresh, and fierce (:
I also appreciate that although these are two products meant to work together, they can also really do wonders for you separately. Although the Mac lip pencil is a little tough (seriously, it’s so hard and dry to work with at first), it goes really well with a lot of my lipsticks I currently have! As for the Glossier lip tint, this is just an all ’round staple. If at first the application is a bit patchy, you just need to smooth it quickly with a swipe or two of your finger and seriously, this is the most perfect berry. AND because it isn’t a full on lipstick, it’s so wearable!
So on a scale of ‘How much does this make me feel like Anastasia?’: I would say 9/10!
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in ‘Heathers’
Okay so like is this not the most iconic lip of the entire movie? Like she’s in this fabulous red dress that she seriously looks SO. GOOD. in and is forreal glowing and then to top it off is she stuns the world with this fabulous red lip, like I die.
Okay but enough gushing (sort-of).
This is actually the lippie I felt stayed most true to the film. I know the picture I chose kind of makes it look like a more bright red but it’s actually pretty dark IRL. And it’s blue-toned which is always the very best kind of red to have.
Honestly, I love this color. The down side is that it doesn’t last all day and can kind of get messy/smudgy. I’m honestly not sure how they didn’t use a lip liner, but if you choose to splurge on this product, I would HIGHLY recommend. Lots of my Kylie Cosmetics lip liners work really well with this red and save my really cruddy application.
The only other downside is that you really want to use a lip scrub before putting this bad boy on. I didn’t and when I tried to even it out, it ended up just looking cake-y and crusty.. a combo NO girl wants after seeing Ana look like an actual Valentine’s Day goddess.
Trust me y’all, this one is worth it. You’ll get lots of compliments and deep down you can thank a silly book that got turned into a silly movie and really no one even has to know your secret! (:
Ana scale?? 9.5/10
3. Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in ‘Arabian Knights’
So this is how they achieved Ana’s perfect berry lip throughout literally most of the movie. The makeup artist on set was able to achieve a faded stain by blotting this on the lips as well as a more bold lip by layering it.
When I first tried this, I had a total ‘What the Fudge’ moment. I was like, this has to be some kind of joke because spoiler.. I was NOT looking flawless like my home girl Anastasia. It wasn’t berry to say the least. It was tinted a lot more red than purple than I originally thought it would and was immediately disappointed. I also remember it being glossy, which I also hated considering I’m a matte queen.
I honestly don’t even think I let it on for more than like 10 minutes I hated it all so much.
But then (a little while later.. I’m talking WEEKS) I went back to it and had a totally different perspective. Depending on how you work with it, you can achieve the look you want. It also depends on how long it’s been on your lips. So, in other words, the longer it wears, the more natural and Anastasia-like it looks.
And because it’s a lip conditioner, it is definitely not drying at all, which at this time of the year is wonderful.. crusty lips be gone, please and thank you!
So what once was my worst nightmare actually has become one of my staples. Even though there is definitely color to it, it’s so natural that you can wear it pretty much 24/7. I love the stain finish and am very happy to have added this to my collection (:
Do I feel like Ana yet? Actually, yes (if I pretend I have blue eyes and bangs): 8/10
**From left to right: Glossier Generation G in Jam, MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Burgundy, Anastasia Beverly Hills in Heathers, and Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Arabian Knights**
And so that concludes the lipstick obsessed portion of this week’s blog post (: Run, don’t walk, to get these shades and flash your biggest berry-lipped smile with pride. Miss Anastasia has come to our rescue, phew!
And speaking of rescue, what else has come just in time? THE SOUNDTRACK.
Okay, I’m going to try to keep this short because, as per usual, I have a lot of thoughts.
I’ve been waiting so long for this.. seriously, is it just me or has music been sucking lately? And this both satisfied and disappointed at the same time.
The first time I listened to it, I just wasn’t impressed. Yeah there are a few really good songs (list coming shortly), but there wasn’t a ‘moodiness’ to this album like the previous two had that I was missing. AND the songs that I do like, are ones that I don’t really want to listen to after like the 5th time through.
That being said, I gave the album another go and it’s starting to grow on me more.. honestly, after I see the movie I’ll probably be totally sold on it, but these were just my initial reactions that I wanted to share! So if you’re in the market for something new, I would definitely recommend giving the soundtrack a listen. You might find something you really like and you might not, but nevertheless it’s still worth it (:
Here are my top 5 songs:
1. For You – Liam Payne and Rita Ora (gotta support the 1D boys always)
2. Never Tear Us Apart – Bishop Briggs (is anyone getting OG Fifty Shades from the intro? Because I am.)
3. Maybe I’m Amazed – Jamie Dornan (seriously, is there anything he can’t do? You have to listen and you’ll be a believer for life)
4. The Wolf – The Spencer Lee Band (this is one that’s grown on me.. sort of how the Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas song did on the last album)
5. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding (if this doesn’t play at the end and through the credits, I’m going on strike, let’s wrap this thing up right!)
Stream the album from Spotify here!
Have any of you seen the new 50 Shades? What are your thoughts and opinions on the series? And what do you think of the lippies? Let me know in the comments below!
I hope you all have the very best day and..
Until next time,