That liquid lipstick addiction…

collection-velvet-kiss-lip-cream-review-1So I spoke about how liquid lipsticks unexpectedly stole my heart and this is the culprit of this new found love: Collection Velvet Kiss.

As the name says, it has a fabulous velvety matte finish. Say what?

collection-velvet-kiss-lip-cream-review-2Yes, a liquid lipstick with a flawless matte finish. Trust me, I took a while to believe too.
Available in six colours, from naturals to bold, it packs a colour punch; pigmentation, finish and durability are great; application super easy.

It feels very comfortable on the lips and wears out very well – no bleeding or massive staining.

I got many compliments when wearing the red and someone in the office even said “Nooo! But it’s matte!” when I showed her the bottle.

Overall a fabulous launch!

The Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream costs only £2.99, available from Superdrug and Boots. At that price, you can collect them all!


You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

The liquid lipstick

liquid-lipsticks-3Stop press. I have succumbed to something liquid on my lips.

After living my fist makeup years (ok, way more than just my first years) smearing my lips with clear lipgloss (oh, the freaking 90s), I completely went off it and never looked back. I am a lipstick girl through and through.

In recent years, I started adding a tiny bit of high performing gloss to my lipstick, for that added volume trick.

However, liquid lipsticks started coming into the market a fir while ago and now they have hit the big time, flooding the high street. I must confess that scepticism got the best of me and I wasn’t that keen on Kylie, Jeffree, Kat Von D, YSL, just to name a few. So much I hadn’t tried anything until….

liquid-lipsticks-4I was at The Apartment over LFW and Collection had a fab area. Amongst other goodies to pick up, were they yet to be launched (and now on the shelves) Velvet Kiss lipsticks.

I picked one – because you know, I can’t resist, but didn’t get more than one because, you know, it’s a liquid lipstick. No good. Right? RIGHT?

Wrong. Very wrong. On another visit, I may have picked up a couple more.

And since then, more brands waltzed into my life and I cannot get enough. The brands on the market now deliver, for a very affordable price, superb quality.

liquid-lipsticks-3The pigmentation is ace, the finish is fantastic and durability great. All that on top of the ease of application. I find liquid lipsticks are the perfect everyday lip colour.

It is easy and quick to apply, there is no huge precision and multiple steps as it is with lipstick and it does deliver in a similar way.

High street budget brands do not disappoint: Collection Velvet Kiss (£) and MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer (£3) are fantastic tiny investments that offer a great return.

There is a colour and finish for everyone. Hello, blue ❤

Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof lipstick is a little bit more on the expensive side at £15 but pays off in creaminess and colour.

I will be reviewing them all soon, as I think they deserve a good go!

My heart will always belong to lipsticks, but I can confidently say I found a tiny little corner in it for liquid lipsticks.

Are you a fan? What’s your favourite brand?


You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Nails of the week: Pink and blue marble

pink and blue marble effect nails - somanylovelythings

So I rebelled last time and went for a single colour on my nails (missed it? Read about the bright green nails here), but now I am back to my normal (?) self – and it is marble time again!

I find this easy marble so good; the effort is really small compared with the impact, so I just love it, and need to stop myself from doing it every week (even tops the gradients for “cost x benefit”).pink and blue marble effect nails - somanylovelythings

If you missed, I posted a short tutorial on my last marble nails. For this one I did exactly the same, with a wooden stick, but using the turquoise electric dreams from Collection, the pink sweet tart from Revlon and French white also from Collection, finishing with Seche Vite topcoat.

This was done to go with a dress I am wearing for a wedding, is has got water colour flowers in mainly pink and blue, and I am very pleased with the result – it looks girlie, candy like and the mix of colours is great. I even tried “bigger” movements to create different patterns on the marble effect!!!

pink and blue marble effect nails - somanylovelythings



Louboutin’s 20th anniversary collection

Christian Louboutin The Isolde - image from

Seeing the very pretty designs for Christian Louboutin’s 20th anniversary capsule collection on the Red Carpet Fashion Awards site, prompted me to check out the designer’s Facebook page, where I found pictures of the shoes – and I am not disappointed: they are beautiful! When it comes to Christian Louboutin, I know I am a bit biased, as I absolutely love his shoes, but you can check out for yourself.

My favourite from this capsule collection has to be “The Isolde” (pictured here), sooo fierce! However, I could easily pick another three at least. I also like the “Artémis” bag, with all those feathers… lush!

See the shoes at Louboutin’s Facebook page (you can also sign up to be one of the first to shop the new collection).

See some of the designs and read more about the collection at the Red Carpet Fashion Awards website.

NY Fashion Week – my picks

Zac Posen evening gown

Zac Posen evening gown

Fashion Week season is on, and New York offers us the first glimpse of the Spring/Summer 12 collections on its catwalks.

For me,  so far, sharing the  “absolutely stunning” category is Zac Posen‘s collection, with some edgy yet feminine pieces, a great colour palette and fabulous evening gowns and Marchesa displaying fairytale dresses that sparkled and flowed across the Plaza Hotel. Absolutely beautiful.

Also amongst my favourites are Vera Wang‘s colourful Wonderland inspired pieces, Cushnie Et Ochs‘ white and black dresses and Monique Lhuillier‘ curve gripping ensembles. In common, these three have dramatic, geometric neck lines, sharp edges,  and structured pieces oozing with femininity  – all presented in a way I could actually see myself wearing. L’Wren Scott‘s line also had some fabulous dresses.

Some of Victoria Beckham‘s pieces also caught my eyes – the shades of blue in the collection were amazing, and I love the fact the models were styled wearing Louboutins.

Cushnie Et Ochs dress

Cushnie Et Ochs

Some of her pieces for this collection were less body skimming – apparently inspired by her recent pregnancy: loser pieces, to go with a fuller figure. I really like seeing designs on the catwalk that embrace  more realistic body shapes. I also heard she was looking fabulous back stage, wearing towering Louboutins and one of her handbags in tow.

I also enjoying looking at some tribal printed Donna Karan and some of Betsey Johnson exquisite pieces – I love the flowery prints and that goth vibe.

Zooming on the nails, I noticed a light beige shade, quite recurrent across different designers. It is for Spring/Summer 12, after all, so I have some time to tackle my lighter- shades-on- nails phobia!

First Autumn/Winter crush

'Mushnick' Feather Trim Velvet Shoe, £47

Please don't break my heart!

Coco’s Tea Party has introduced me to my very first A/W crush this year: these more than lovely, gorgeous, to-die-for “Mushnick” feather trim velvet shoes. As I laid my eyes on them, I immediately imagined at least 3 outfits combinations!

I know I have been moaning about the fact all the shops I ever bought from online keep sending me emails with the new collections, and even though I am very excited about what I am going to be wearing in a few months, I am not making any significant purchases  – I haven’t given up summer yet. But just have to have them!

Also, at £47, they are practically begging to be bought – please be available at Very soon!!!


Lagerfeld for Macy’s

So, I read on Vogue  Karl Lagerfeld is designing a line for Macy’s.

Now, that is exciting, not just because it is designer going high street, but because the prices also seem good – from only $50! I love designers, but my pocket not so much – I seek inspiration in high fashion, working my bargainous ways to make looks or trends my own (which I can wear to work and out, but mainly, afford!).

All I need is to get my hands on something, I am particularly enticed by the statement jackets!