Lippie Tales

There’s a saying and it goes along the lines of, “A girl can never have too many lipsticks and you should never be ashamed of being a hoarder.” Okay, maybe I made the second part up, but a to-die-for lip colour collection is a staple on the modern, chic woman’s dresser. If you’re anything like me, you’ll hold sentimental value to each makeup product you own. So, I decided to share mine with you today, and tell you the little stories that led to the purchase of each one. Get yourself a cup of tea and a blanket, sit back and relax.

EstΓ©e Lauder Signature Lipstick in Vintage Mauve

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The first proper lipstick I’d ever bought, at the age of 18. I know, I was a late bloomer who had only ever dabbled with lip glosses, lip crayons and lots of lip balms. I distinctly remember treating myself to this one after a lesson with my first violin student since moving to London. It’s such a gorgeously natural pink that is so versatile and it feels so good on the lips. When I’m deliberating between lip colours for the day, I usually go for this one if I want something that isn’t too high maintenance, or if I’m just going bare faced for the day but want to bring some life to my face. Very handy as a cream blush too.

Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick in Chestnut


I’ll admit it, I bought this one on a whim. Well, not entirely – I’d just moved into that phase of desperately trying to find the perfect brown lip shade. I was having a lovely shopping day by myself in London (it’s so therapeutic, you should try it sometime) and I decided to pop into Kiko Milano for a browse (read all about it here). If you aren’t familiar with Kiko’s products, you’re seriously missing out – they really do pack a punch for the price. Lots of beautiful lip colours for every skin tone, and I’m very much enjoying their eyeshadow crayons right now. I absolutely adore the chocolatey hue of this one that I picked up, and one swipe gives you a fairly sheer wash of colour – something that I like very much indeed. Don’t get me wrong though, it can be layered to a gorgeously opaque brown, especially if you use a good lip liner underneath. Feels buttery on the lips and tastes faintly of vanilla too – bonus points.

Barry M Lip Paint in On The Scene

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Before I bought this one, I distinctly remember an assessment I’d just done as part of university that afternoon – it included a one-on-one interview with a lecturer and I had been assigned to someone who was incredibly sharp – they had a reputation for being tough on their students. I wasn’t taking any chances, so I’d prepared thoroughly for it. To my surprise, it went much better than expected and I left the room feeling pretty great about myself. A few weeks later, I was told that I had been given a first for it and I was over the moon. I decided to treat myself, and popped into a Boots to discover this little beauty.

I had been pretty wary of matte liquid lipsticks before this, mostly due to my fear of the natural dryness of my lips – particularly those lip corners. Nevertheless, I was moving out of my brown lipstick obsession into a search for a beautifully warm nude lip colour, and this one caught my eye. It smells like desserts, and applies as more of a greige colour on me, but I’m not complaining. It’s a unique colour that I didn’t think I’d like, but I love it now. It can be drying, but a light coat of lip balm underneath does the trick. It also lasts all day, even after eating and drinking.

Flormar Long Wearing Lipstick in Burnt Caramel

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Say hello to my handbag buddy. Doesn’t matter which handbag I’m carrying, I’ll take this little one with me. It’s a beautiful caramel brown colour, perhaps a balance between my brown and nude obsessions. I wore this all summer and got lots of compliments on it – everyone was taken aback to hear that it was from Primark. It’s true to the name – it really is long wearing, especially after exfoliating your lips and not having any lip balm underneath. Nevertheless, I’m all about that buttery comfort so I tend to slick some on beforehand. It can get a little drying otherwise (it does apply matte after all) and like most lipsticks, I have to reapply throughout the day. I’d actually just picked this one up shortly after I started blogging as a mini token of celebration, and I have absolutely no regrets. Will definitely be restocking when it runs out.

Barry M Satin Super Slick Lip Paint in Marooned

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My first ever dark red lipstick. I got this one during another venture to Boots, shortly after I’d started second year at university. I was determined to make a bigger effort this year, both socially and academically – so I got myself a red lipstick to give myself that kick I so desperately needed. That being said, I hardly ever wear this now – it really is SUPER slick as the name suggests and tends to move around quite a bit even with a liner/powder on top/lip primer/whatever I do. I’m actually dying to try LipCote to cure my lipstick-smudging anxiety – if you’ve had any experience with it, please let me know how you found it! Another little anecdote – I completely forgot to lock this lippie whilst twisting down, and the next thing you know, the beautifully perfect bullet was smushed all over the inside of the cap. Learned a valuable lesson there. I mainly use this to practise my lip brush skills and for blog photos now.

NYX Lip Lingerie in Exotic

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Ah, the NYX Lip Lingerie. I’d been eyeing this range up for months before taking the plunge, and I’d seen lots of fantastic reviews and photos by other bloggers. I would honestly lurk in front of the NYX counter, ogling all 24 shades of Lip Lingerie for about half an hour at the very least and still not be able to choose one. I decided on Exotic in the end – there’s something about a bright red and I’d already owned a nude liquid lipstick (the Barry M). No regrets whatsoever – I’m now one of those bloggers who are raving about the NYX Lip Lingerie and I probably will be back for more nude shades – I adore them ALL, and that’s really saying something. Also wore this to a London Fashion Week launch party where I knew very few people and it lasted through many awkward introductions, drinks and lots of sweat. One of my favourites now – that skinny doe-foot applicator is just perfection.

You know, I do actively restrain myself from buying more lipsticks when I go to Superdrug (maybe I should just avoid that place like the plague). I really do. Doesn’t always happen, but if I didn’t, this post would turn into a book. Probably a trilogy. Over to you – do you have certain beauty products that mean something special to you, or mark a certain memorable event in your life? I’d love to hear all your stories! Until next time, you go girl.

– J

Disclaimer: All images in this post were photographed and edited by J, exclusively for thenellybean. This post contains affiliate links.

22 Comments on “Lippie Tales”

  1. Your taste in lipsticks is amazing and I cannot pick which one of these is my favourite! It’s funny because an estee lauder lipstick was also my first ‘proper’ venture into the world of lip makeup.. Thank you for sharing these with us! xox

    1. Haha awh thank you sweetie! I feel like Estee Lauder is such a great introduction to proper lipsticks – they do such wearable formulas and the shade range is great, of course. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by! xox

  2. Ouuuu!!! EstΓ©e Lauder Signature Lipstick is my favourite from this collection πŸ™‚
    I have been meaning to pick up a few new bits for my makeup bag and I think this little beauty deserves to be on the list! xx

          1. Yes!! Now you mention it I get it!! It looks so fancy!! A complete throw back to when Lippy was a ladies most prized possession for sure!! xxx

  3. There are some beauties in that collection for sure! I havent ever tried a brown tones lippy, I might have to shop for one now. I blame you if I purchase πŸ™‚ Can I just add here how jealous I am that you play violin. I had lessons for two years and was still rubbish. I did love putting resin on my bow though haha

    1. Awhh never too late to pick it up again! And ooh, let me know if you ever find a brown-toned lippie that you like, I’m always on the lookout for pretty shades (Superdrug here I come) xx

  4. I’m actually looking for a brown lipstick too! Will have to stop into Kiko; I’m a Londoner too so you’re making me want to pop into Oxford Street and go shopping… *must say strong for bank account* … Great post!xx

  5. I always have way too many lip products, and they’re usually always the same nude/my lips but better shades hahaha πŸ˜€ The Estee Lauder one looks gorgeous! <3 Reminds me of the Charlotte Tilbury ones πŸ™‚

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