NBLN 2018: MonthlyMakeup Reflection


Another year of NBLN completed. I wanted to thank you all for tuning in, receiving support from friends and strangers alike leaves me so grateful. This year NBLN was different, I wasn’t making videos but instead writing articles, typing and erasing my words as opposed to speaking and letting the words fall together.




Take Away

Makeup isn’t as high maintenance as I sometimes feel it is. On a day to day basis, I wear hardly any makeup, foundation, mascara, and bronzer. After wearing lipsticks, glosses, stains etc on a daily basis I realized they don’t require as much upkeep as my mind convinces me they do.

I also feel as though when I wore lipsticks I felt bolder, even brazen. Lipstick and makeup, in general, is an outward statement of what’s happening within. Even if you feel less than yourself, makeup has a way of bringing you back; looking good can absolutely help you to feel better.

Similarly to last year, this month was a time I could reflect on how I feel based on how I look.




Products (articles links attached)


1. NARS: Lipstick in Orgasm

2. L’Oreal: Cream in Protest Queen

3. Estee Lauder: All Day Lipstick in C82 Radiance

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills: Lip Gloss in St. Tropez

5. Marc Jacobs: Le Marc Lip Creme in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

6. Stila: Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Baci

7. Pat McGrath Labs: Mattetrance Lipstick in OMI


8. Pixi: Lip Lift Max in Honey Sheen

9. NARS: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Wild Ways

10. Bite Beauty: Creme Lip Gloss in Oyster Pearl

11. Charlotte Tilbury: Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk

12. Nudestix: Lip and Cheek Balm in Pulse

13. Lipstick Queen: Saint and Sinner Lip Tint in Wine

14. Pat McGrath Labs: Mattetrance Lipstick in 1995 & Flesh 3

15. Bite Beauty: Liquified Lipstick in Demi Glace

16. NARS: Power Matte Lip Pigment in Done It Again


17. Glossier: Generation in Jam (first generation formula)

18.  Kat Von D: Studded Kiss Lipstick in Wolvesmouth

19. Urban Decay: Liquid Lipstick in Purgatory

20. NARS: Velvet Lip Glide in Unspeakable

21. MAC: Mattene Lipstick in Potent Fig

22. Burberry: Liquid Lip Velvet in Black Cherry


23. LANEIGE: Two Tone Lipstick in Blurry Milk

24. Lancome: Color Fever in 151

25. NARS: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

26. Tom Ford: Lip Colour in Warren 99

27. NARS: Hardwired Lipstick in A Deadly Catch

28. Pat McGrath Labs: Lust:Gloss in Flesh 4

29. Giorgio Armani Beauty: Lip Maestro Intense Velvet Color in 201 

30. Review

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When I was planning all the colours I’d use I swatched each one to compare the lot. Although it looks like a bit of a hack job, all the colours were photographed in the same light on the same sheet. By keeping all the variables constant it allows a better comparison.

I hope you enjoyed the month of NBLN, stay tuned in the upcoming weeks to see if you’re the winner of one of our giveaways!

Which day was your favourite?


Love & gratitude,


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