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Monday 30 May 2016

My Staple Pinky Nude Lip ft. Anastasia Beverly Hills & MAC

Hello My Lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well and you have had an amazing bank holiday weekend - I almost don't want it to end but I know reality is calling! After much deliberation, I thought I would share one of my favourite ever lip combinations with you all today - a full proof pairing that I have been wearing pretty much one and off for a year now and one that I would recommend to anyone. I shared this combination over on Instagram (@SophiaMeola) yesterday and received so much love on the picture that I just knew it was only fitting I shared it over on my blog also. I am lipstick obsessed and absolutely love how they can change the way you look and feel. I am always on the look out for the next shade to add to my collection - so pretty please don't forget to leave your favourite combinations below also.

"I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick" - Audrey Hepburn 

The Lip Liner

Firstly, let's start off with the lip liner. I have a handful of MAC lip liners but Whirl has got to be my most loved shade in my makeup collection. I know there was so much hype surrounding this product with Kylie Jenner but honestly, it is such a gorgeous shade and I find myself pairing it with so many different lipsticks - it is full proof. MAC describe this shade as a dirty rose and I would say that is pretty true, however, it is essentially a pinky nude and the formulation is extremely creamy and easy to apply. This is the second pencil I have got through and I have another two on route to me - you know I had to take advantage of the Debenhams 10% off Health and Beauty promo they had recently. You may notice that this is pretty much a fresh pencil, that's because I lost the remainders of my first one out last weekend...I was literally heartbroken as I never loose any of my makeup (touch wood) and to this day I have no idea how it happened haha. Never-the-less, I always make sure I have a backup in my collection and I take this shade everywhere with me.

The Lipstick 

The lipstick in question is MAC Faux and I honestly do not know how I coped without this lipstick for so long. I stumbled across this shade by accident after missing my train home from St Pancras. Whilst waiting for the next train I sought refuge in the MAC store (as you do haha) and I had a little list of MAC items I had my eye on at the time so naturally I was looking for any kind of excuse to have a cheeky browse haha. I was originally looking to try Brave which has a matte formula, however, after speaking to the sales assistant she recommended another shade to me...and the rest is history. MAC describe Faux as a muted mauve pink shade with a satin finish and I am completely obsessed by it, it is a full proof shade that I feel confident wearing has almost become my signature lip shade and if you're ever wondering what product I am wearing on my lips it will usually be this. This is the third one I have gone through and I have another two on the way and I plan on stocking up even more when I travel this summer - thank you Duty Free!

The Liquid Lipstick 

When I was in New York last November for my birthday I made sure to stock up on as many US products as possible and of course one of the brands had to be Anastasia Beverly Hills. If you would like to see a full Anastasia Liquid Lipstick collection then please let me know as I picked up a handful of beautiful shades and I would love to share them with you all. After trying one of their liquid lipsticks I can totally appreciate the hype behind them, they are honestly some of the best lip products I have ever used and I can't wait to stock up on some more shads. Before New York I would wear Whirl lip liner and Faux lipstick together, however, when I introduced Pure Hollywood to the party it was a complete game changed. I use a small amount and mainly focus it on the middle section of my lips to create a slight ombre and the illusion of fuller lips. However, even worn alone it is such a beautiful shade in its own right and one of my favourites. Pure Hollywood is described as a pale mauve nude and pairs perfectly with Whirl and Faux. As you can see in the swatches below, they all resemble similar shades, however, offer different textures and finished.

The Routine

So, now we've spoken about each product let's go through the routine in which I use them and how I achieve my stable pinky nude lip. I first start off with Whirl lip liner and enhance my natural lip shape only really emphasising my cupids bow. I then go back and create a few lines going down my lips to almost create some contour lines - this is great for creating a fuller lip look. I then go in with Faux lipstick and blend everything together so it looks seamless. At this point, the contours we created earlier have blended in slightly and have created slight shadows - this is exactly what we want. I then grab Pure Hollywood and add this to the centre of my top and bottom lip and use a lip brush to blend the edges slightly together. This create a slight ombre lip and the illusion of fuller lips! The longevity of using Whirl lip liner and Faux lipstick together is amazing, however, adding that small amount of Pure Hollywood adds that extra seal and honestly, the products are not going to move. You could be out all day or partying the night away and you won't have to worry about re-applying - perfection!

I hope you all enjoyed this evenings post! I would love to hear your thoughts on the products mentioned above and what lip combinations you have been loving too! Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want to chat you can contact me on my social media or you can leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment...they honestly make my day!

Lot of Love


  1. Great post and you look gorgeous! I wish I could pull off nudes.. I dunno if it's just me but I feel like it washes me out.

    Kerri @ Beauty & Things

  2. ive got pure Hollywood and whilst I find it a perfect nude shade, it's a pretty dry on my lips :/
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  3. This looks like a beautiful lip combo! I actually have all of these shades, I need to give this lip color a try. For some reason my Pure Hollywood shade looks very pale, I wonder if I bought a bad batch from Sephora.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

  4. FAUX has been on my MAC lippy wishlist for so long, deffo need it in my life!

    Sophie x

  5. This combo is beaut! Please do swatches of your ABH liquid lipsticks, I'm dying to try some out and don't know what shades to go for :)

    Just Little Things

  6. this combo looks gorgeous on you!! these colors don't look good on me, but my perfect mlbb nude is MAC Retro and Limecrime Riot

  7. Faux looks like a beautiful shade! I so rarely wear lip products but that looks like the kind of shade I could go with :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  8. This is an awesome combo! I have and enjoy using Pute Hollywood, too! Will have to pair it with this lip liner!

  9. MAC Faux Lipstick is such a pretty shade! x



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