the red lip

As much as I have been enjoying reading the end-of-year reflective posts on other blogs, I thought I would keep it light around here and go to the other (read: superficial) end of the spectrum for my last post this year.

Slightly ironic too, since this is somewhat aimed for those who might be getting glam-ed up for a NYE party, which is not quite how I will be spending my evening... but nevertheless, I will most likely dab on one of the below for my celebratory night in with my husband and friends.

So, I have a borderline unhealthy relationship with lip products, in that I own far too many and am always lusting after more. Although I probably own a bit too much make up in general (I am a self-confessed beauty junkie), I am actually not very adventurous with how I do my face.

The only way I go bold is with the lips. Am I successfully justifying my overflowing collection of lipsticks yet?

My favourite, especially during the holiday season, is the classic red lip. To me it's a foolproof, timeless look that can jazz up even the most simple of outfits, and as long as you don't do too much with the red of your face, you can get away with it day or night.

Please don't be horrified to know that these five are not the only reds I own (!!), but they are my current top picks.

On the very left is Topshop's Velvet Lip in Velveteen Ribbon. This stuff will glue itself on your lips, ideal for a night filled with food and drink. It can be a little drying, giving that truly velvety effect, but you can always pop on a little lip balm (my favourite is Nuxe RΓͺve de Miel, it has a matte finish) if it bothers you.

The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is my newest addition (shopping with an enabling friend has its consequences!), a beautiful burgundy colour that has pretty good staying power and is incredibly easy to apply.

Possibly the longest lasting of the lot is the Stay Pout lipstick by Seventeen in Rule Breaker, a more berry shade that is also matte and absolutely will not budge from your lips. Considering this is only Β£4.49, the quality is impressive.

The truest reds that I own are probably these following two.

The Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipsticks by Rimmel are understandably very popular, and the one above is in the shade 01. It's a brighter red than the other cult favourite which I also wear and love (107), and it probably suits every single complexion. The last one is the much loved Russian Red from MAC, you really can't go wrong with this one.

Whatever you're doing to celebrate the beginning of 2014, I hope you enjoy every minute of it - and maybe you can sport a bold lip and leave a big kiss mark on someone at midnight.