Fifty Shades of Red Lipstick

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I was challenged by Shân to write about two red lipsticks that I love. You can read her part of the challenge here.

You would think it’s easy to pick just two red lipsticks, but when your collection is 90% red, that proves to be quite the challenge.

For anyone who’s known me for a long time, just the thought of me owning lipstick is a hell of a surprise. When I was a kid, I used to be a scruffy, chubby tomboy who wouldn’t be caught dead near makeup. This “phase” lasted well into adulthood. It was like I was trying to suppress any manifestation of the woman in me. My body and I have always had this rocky relationship, to say the least.


The last time I was spotted wearing lipstick before I became a tomboy. In other news, anglophilia had kicked in.


It’s only a few years ago that I got into makeup and allowed myself to explore my femininity. I know that womanhood has nothing to do with wearing makeup, but my point is that I was unleashed and I was gagging for red lipstick.

The first lippie that I bought was MAC’s Ruby Woo. It’s the epitome of a cult classic Dita Von Teese red lip. The thing with Ruby Woo is that it’s matte and it’s a real pain in the bum to put on. It’s not the sort of pain I want to deal with when it’s six in the morning and all I want is to be out the door as quickly as possible.


Ruby Who?


That’s why MAC R.E.D. is one of my two faves. It has a sheen to it and is consequently slightly easier to apply, especially if you’re an anti-liner like me. That doesn’t mean it’s not pigmented and you should still be careful if you’re drunk and trying to fix your makeup in the toilets of a pub at 1 in the morning. Oh, and I love its typical MAC lipstick smell.


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Instagram model, Tikka, wearing MAC R.E.D.


My second pick is Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense in the shade Robust Rouge. This one is MAC R.E.D. for lazy people. You don’t even need to apply it all that well, it just does all the work for you and mishaps are easy to remove. It’s actually a balm, so if you’re anything like me, always eating something or biting your nails that is, this chubby stick will need a lot of reapplying throughout the day.


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Clinique Robust Rouge.


Enough said. I have to go sort my lipstick collection by alphabetical order now and compulsively buy blue eyeshadows online. 


  1. July 22, 2018 / 12:53 am

    Your dog is so so cute ah! My heart. Love that picture so much. Red lipsticks are so diverse. It’s crazy how many different shades there are. You look amazing, red lipstick really suits you x

    • Kate
      July 22, 2018 / 12:55 am

      Thanks! My dog knows she’s hella cute lol

  2. July 20, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    Two of my favorite brands! I have the Clinique one, would love to try Mac’s red lipstick!

    • Kate
      July 21, 2018 / 12:02 am

      MAC is really good at reds!

  3. July 20, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    That red lip looks stunning on you! Clinique Chubby Sticks are the perfect throw in your bag and go lippies, I love them and the formula so much

    Cordelia ||

    • Kate
      July 20, 2018 / 12:56 pm

      Love them, too. I have a few shades and they’re all in my purse 😀

  4. Batmom85
    July 20, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    I just love your post, I was a Tom boy too I just learned to be a girl when I hit my late 30’s like I know how to glam it buttttt why 🤷🏾‍♀️😂 those were some ravishing reds Girl! You are working it! And I just Love your personality! Happy Friday friend! Great post as usual.

    • Kate
      July 20, 2018 / 12:56 pm

      Thanks Shayla!

  5. ruthinrevolt
    July 20, 2018 / 11:19 am

    This makes me wish my lips weren’t so small, although I think I’d look like a clown in red lipstick more than anything else. You look gorgeous, it definitely suits you! 🙂

    • Kate
      July 20, 2018 / 11:22 am

      Hahah I love red lipstick on everyone, especially brunettes (but I’m biased)
      You rock yellow nail polish, though, and that’s at least as good as red lipstick.
      A true youtube sensation! 😉

  6. July 19, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Beautiful shades! I’ve never bought lipstick before, but I’m tempted to now.

    • Kate
      July 19, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      If you do, remember you can’t go wrong with red!

  7. July 19, 2018 / 8:17 am

    You look great in red lipstick, it really suits you. I couldn’t pull it off! I think Tikka enjoys the kisses ☺

    • Kate
      July 19, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Thanks for I look nowhere near as cute as Tikka!

  8. July 19, 2018 / 5:27 am

    I need to buy new red lipstick, think I’ll definitely try the R.E.D one, matte makes my lips feel dry.

    • Kate
      July 19, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Hate matte lipsticks!

      • July 19, 2018 / 6:37 pm

        They’re just so dry, sheen gives you a nice little gloss to it.

  9. July 19, 2018 / 12:07 am

    You look beautiful 😍💖 Loved the lipstick! I always love a red lipstick. I also begin to use make up pretty late like when I was 16 years old. We have to do what feels good to us.

    • Kate
      July 19, 2018 / 12:13 am

      I totally believe a red lip will suit anyone of any age, gender or complexion. It’s universal!

  10. July 18, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    You kissed your dog? 😂😂 great post we have to do this again 😂 Your challenge next time!

    • Kate
      July 18, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      I always kiss my dogs <3


  11. July 18, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    Awesome post! I was the same when I was younger and I don’t think I got into makeup until I was late high school age. Loved your pics! 😘💗

    • Kate
      July 18, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks! My dog was pissed off I think 😀

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