Lipsticks in Rotation|April-July 2018

Hi everyone!

As you might be able to tell, this post was originally scheduled for the end of April, which quickly flew by as I had lots of university things to do. On top of that, I was very bored with my lipstick choices afterwards so this is essentially a catch-up in lipsticks, too. However, I’ve now gone through half the year without buying a single new lipstick, so yay!

Starting a Year-Long Lipstick No-Buy

Lipsticks in Rotation – January 2018

Lipsticks in Rotation – February 2018

Lipsticks in Rotation – March 2018


New Item: NYX Butter Gloss Intense in Chocolate Crepe

I’ve been wearing this a heck of a lot recently. Of all the days I wore lipstick this month, I was likely wearing this for over half those days. The shade is my favourite type, a medium nude and it’s refreshing to be able to wear it all day without it drying my lips. It’s thick but not too thick and still delivers a lovely shine whilst lasting surprisingly well.

New Item: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

In contrast, this was a bit of a disappointment. It settled into my lip lines and was overall just underwhelming considering how well-loved this range is. I much preferred the Liquid Suedes which definitely felt like a better and improved version. However, I do love this shade – a muted pink which is super nice for spring.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Nouveau Vogue (mini)

Considering that my Bourjois Nude-ist is running out, this is actually a very acceptable stand-in for a cooler pink. It has a bit of mauve to it that makes it wearable on me but still not a nude at all. It’s girly yet totally cool. This is the nutcracker edition mini packaging, I think.

Nars Velvet Satin Lip Pencil in Yu (mini)

I underestimated just how bright this is. It’s also super blue toned and I haven’t worn this kind of shade since perhaps last year. At the moment, I think it looks very odd on my skintone so have only really worn it once this month! It’s a popular and raved about shade that I have seen a lot in the blogosphere but I don’t think it’s for me.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Scrooge | Review here

I adore this colour. Like Rose Lancome from last month, this is a shade of pink that seems to brighten up my complexion and also my day. Not to mention this formula lasts all day without fail. If you leave these tubes lying around still too much though, the formula tends to separate and look a little less lively, but otherwise, it is still completely useable.

Mamonde Color Balm Intense in #16 Velvet Red | Review here

I do love this shade – that kind of muted red that is really flattering on me. Is it just me or are pencil type lipsticks essentially the same as normal lipsticks? Especially after they are worn down. The packaging on them also generally looks less appealing too for not that many positives over a bullet. Due to the matte formula I’ve still been reaching for my lip brush to tidy the edges after applying this pencil type product.


I knew I wouldn’t be out as much compared to previous months, so I scrapped my planned rotations completely. Instead, I made sure to reach for shades that I really wanted to use up at the moment. They all happen to be products I have featured on this blog before in previous rotations, too. Either way, I didn’t care all that much.

My tube of Lancome’s Rose Nu is pretty much finished unless I use a brush to scoop out the last remaining bits. Burberry’s Rosewood has been my go-to neutral choice for work although it does feel drying halfway into the working day. Clinique’s Cherry Pop has been the obvious choice for any fancier days out. I’ve not varied much in my lipsticks besides these.

So, now that we are nearing August I’ve actually re-sorted my rotations box and not forgotten about it so there will actually be a new post at the end of next month… But what I really want to ask right now is ‘what do you do when you’re bored with your current makeup?’ …That hopefully doesn’t include buying more! Especially in the summer when I’m barely wearing any and prefer a ‘lighter’ face, so to speak.

Until next time,


Lipsticks in Rotation – January 2018

Hi everyone!

In order to help me along with my goal of not buying any lipsticks this year, I, of course, have to shop my own stash a little. I wanted to wear more of the lipsticks down below and for some of them, also figure out if I like them enough against my other offerings before I decide to de-stash them. It’s also a fast chance to review ones I’ve never mentioned here before…

Without further ado, these are the lipsticks in rotation this month!

NARS Velvet Satin Lip Pencil – Rikugien (Mini)

This is sheer nude pink shimmer. I do like it, and it’s very pretty, but since I normally want noticeable colour, I just don’t reach for it a lot. I have a feeling this might be one of the first lipsticks to go but it might be worth experimenting with lip liners underneath. Maybe.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick – Bare It All

I actually quite like this for its rather long wear and cheap price (£2.99 on Amazon as an add-on item!). I bought this particular shade because it’s an apparent dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy and I wasn’t sure how that would suit me. The plastic packaging also quickly got shattered after that holiday to Vietnam in my travel bag. I didn’t even wear it there much after discovering how much they love reds over there!

I wouldn’t repurchase this colour as I think it’s just a smidgen too light for my personal taste (although it doesn’t wash me out), but I’d consider similar darker shade like In The Flesh another time. Or maybe I should look for similar shades in less breakable packaging… Or maybe I just shouldn’t travel with it!

My favourite way to wear this shade is actually with a layer of NYX’s Butter Gloss in Praline on top for a lovely glossy nude lip, which is why it has joined my rotation. It’s also great on top of a muted red liner like Rimmel’s 1000 Kisses in Spice or Kiko Smart lipliner 103.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate – 08

I like this but haven’t been reaching for it much recently. It’s a mauve nude with a satin finish. I don’t think I’ll repurchase it once it’s used up, though. Sometimes I also like to layer it with Rimmel’s 1000 Kisses Lipliner in Spice which is clearly my go-to to warm up a lip colour.

Burberry Lip Cover Soft Satin – 04 Rosewood (mini, discontinued)

I LOVE this but haven’t been reaching for it much, probably as it’s so precious. It’s a brown with a hint of pink, and it’s not too sheer on me (unlike Rikugien) and can also be built up, making it a fabulous nude MLBB shade. In true Burberry fashion, even their casing and bullet are plaid patterned. I think this particular line of satin shades was discontinued, but from what I’ve seen of the Lip Velvet bullets, they still seem vaguely similar (they also have a Rosewood shade!) So I might check them out in future.

Lancome L’absolu Rouge 06 Rose Nu (mini)

I got this as a mini from my mom. In fact, I think this is the oldest lipstick of the lot and it shows as it has the biggest dent out of my stash. I am hoping to finally finish it up this month or next… This is a classy, rosy pink that isn’t super opaque but can be built up well. It has a satin finish and is so comfortable to wear. I’ve had no problem reaching for this daily, and I’m not a girl who wears the same lipstick two days in a row! In fact, if it weren’t for the rapid expansion of my lipstick stash it would probably have been finished all those years ago…

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick – Brown Sugar

This is a cool brown shade and is true to its name in that it’s super creamy. This actually hasn’t had more than a couple of wears since its review last year, so it simply needs a bit more love. I particularly wanted to try it out with different coloured lip liners, and I really like it over MaxFactor’s lipliner in Red Rush for that extra red tone. It’s quite opaque so I couldn’t apply too much and lose that tone, though.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick – Wild Nothing (limited edition)

This is a medium mauve toned lipstick that I find best described as a lighter version of the infamous Tulle shade from the original line of Ultra Matte lipsticks. It’s not the most flattering on me, though. This is another one that I want to experiment mixing with a coloured lipliner but Colourpop’s colours are so opaque I wonder if it would work. Maybe a lip topper? I’m not sure if this is still available on their site as it was from their Christmas collection in 2015.

I realised as I took swatch photos that all of these picks are neutrals in one way or another! Although Rose Nu is stretching it a bit towards the pink side, it’s still a great choice that suits anything. I think it just goes to show what a wide range of shades neutrals can encompass. On top of that, only two of these shades have separate reviews because beyond what I’ve said here, as I’ve not had much to say about these shades!

Fingers crossed I make a dent in these or finally decide which ones have to go…

Until next time,


I’m a little torn about this lip product- NARS Rikugien 

As you know by now, I’m on a major lipstick buying ban and I’m forcing myself to look at my stash and seriously consider the current collection more harshly…

But I can’t figure out whether I like this lipstick or not.

The lipstick in question is Nars Velvet Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, the mini version. It’s a sharpening type pencil, chubby, and glides onto the lips nicely.

I love my more pigmented, noticeable options in my stash. This is the opposite. It’s sheer. You can see my lip marks through it even after building it up. I prefer options that people can tell I’m wearing lipstick with, but people don’t tend to comment on my nude lipsticks anyway – only the bolder ones!

But it looks nice! It’s so MLBB that you genuinely can’t tell they’re not my natural lip apart from the slight satin sheen if you look up close. With a bit of mascara, it’s literally no-makeup makeup.

So the real question is… Will I ever bother with a lip look like that? Realistically? Even to uni or work?



The Birthday Lot 2016

In the two months or so that I have been sporadically Missing in Blog Action, I turned 18. That’s February, guys. So it’s about time I posted about what I got since this post has been ready to go for a few weeks now. Has it been that long already? My siblings still laugh at me when I say that I’m a legal adult, and I don’t think it’s hit home to me at all.

Y’all know what that means!
Clubbing with my own ID!
Being a responsible grown up!
I even took the siblings out to the Sea Life Centre this Easter Break! (Photos to come in a post in another two months- or maybe they’ll just end up on Instagram.)

I’m not even a party person. I much prefer the Night In, knitting and watching whole seasons of Adventure Time or some Descendants of the Sun (whilst I’m not there with the obsession, I’ve been a Song Joong Ki fan since his days on Running Man. He’s SO cute.)

Anyway, I wasn’t particularly wanting of anything this year, even though I did have some sort of wishlist. I also didn’t really give anyone the wishlist so most people were just working on how well they knew me and the few times I pointed out something I loved,  and I got some surprising and super thoughtful gifts that I absolutely love.

Note: None of the edible stuff is pictured because I ate all of it. ALL. Of. It.


From Twerp
Honestly? My sister is twelve and I didn’t expect anything from her at all. But then again she has a surprisingly big budget for a girl her age – When I was 4, adults gave me chump change and dolls for my birthday but when she was four, adults gave her the same as what I’d get – whole fivers and tenners and stuff. It all added up – no fair.
She bought me a Game of Thrones Colouring Book, Birthday Cake Flavoured Oreos (from Day In supermarket in Chinatown) and Pocky Panda. As well as cotton yarn, with which I am knitting yet another face cloth.

Now I am into skincare I don’t think I actually have enough facecloths at all and they make great quick portable projects. Seed Stitch ones are the best, imo. I just like the feeling of the little bumps.

From TD
The shade she got for me was Dragon Girl, a super bright red with the slightest hint of pink.  Super stoked by this and how well it holds up to its reputation. This is so comfortable to wear but didn’t leave a mark on any of the cups and mugs I drank from on my first test wear day, and still looked immaculate after 12 hours, spaghetti, cake and rice and no topping up at all. Like what is this sorcery? I was so stoked I bought two more – Cruella and Train Bleu – so TDBae has a damn lot to answer for.

Out of these three, Dragon Girl also holds up the best in terms of wear time without looking too messy, and transfer. I would love to do a post comparing the three if nobody minds yet another post to add to the 15 billion posts about these pencils. FYI, the ones I bought were barely used second hand, so I’ll probably write about the app I used too.

From AT
Atii printed some photos of our times together and popped them into a heart shaped tin, with personal notes on the back. I felt pangs of nostalgia and I will probably never get bored of going through this box of memories. Also a super cute pair of nail clippers and a consecutive 1/2/3min hourglass timer (not pictured). Both of these and the tin were from Tiger, my new favourite store ever, because they sell absolutely everything practical and fun, and not too decorated. Like a colourful, fun version of Muji.

There’s a store in Grand Central Birmingham, next to Select, and by the entrance that is ‘up the ramp’ from McDonalds and HSBC Bank. If you’re familiar with Birmingham’s city centre, I hope you can decipher my directions. I have a decent sense of direction but it’s only understandable by me, it seems.

From Q
She got me a box of cute bath fizzers.  I don’t usually take baths but I’ve been going out of my way recently to do so in order to relax and use some of these.
Also, a Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 111. By complete coincidence, TD got me the same one previously for Christmas! It’s evidently a very ‘me’ shade of red which I love, and it will get plenty of use besides. With a bit of prepping and blotting and layering, this holds up quite well for a lower-end lipstick so its now-permanent place in my travel makeup bag for just-in-cases-that-never-happen is well deserved, and considering how long it takes to use up a lipstick I don’t I’ll be without it for a while!

From RZ
Notebooks! I don’t actually buy any more of my own because I have plenty now, but that doesn’t stop the collection from growing. These are both pretty and practical.
She also got me a clear pen holder,  very useful as I needed a place for my drawing pens and colouring pencils (I even shove pieces of paper down the side and it acts as a little display, almost), and some nice blue tea lights. Everybody who has seen them has asked me whether they are scented.

They are not.

From DD
The biggest surprise as this included my Christmas Presents! It was March when she gave them to me, but better late than never…
She bought me a pretty Tokyo Ghoul Necklace.  It looks a little strange if you have no clue what it is, but I really love it!
For my birthday she gave me a bar of Toblerone, a bonsai growing kit and a set of tarot cards.

The tarot cards in particular were super interesting because I’ve been meaning to pick up a set for writing research purposes.  I didn’t express this interest to her or to AT (who helped pick these out) whatsoever so this was a lovely surprise. It’s not the most glamorous set but I like the mysticality of the medieval styled designs and somehow, ATs first card reading came out painfully accurate.

I don’t have enough thanks for everyone. It was a quieter birthday with a big milestone and still a lot of fun.

Here’s to another chaotic year!


Bonus: Look at this gorgeous and super-tasty cake that AT brought in for in-school celebrations! *drools


P.S. You can find me on Instagram for things I don’t blog about (@swanzig_x), and on twitter as @twentyswans for… other stuff. Exams are a-looming, so you might not see anything here for a couple of months, but I’ll do my best with the social media. Thanks for your consideration ~. Best wishes to any exam takers out there and let’s all hope that we survive and arrive at summer in one piece.