Firstly, my favourite of them all was the Lip & Cheek Universal Velvet Stick*. I cannot tell you how cool this is. As you can see from the pic above, the product itself is actually black, then when you apply it to your skin, your pH changes the colour to a poppy shade to suit you. I like it, and I like it a lot! You can see from the swatch how it’s in the process of transforming into a pinky colour. Whether I apply this to my lips, or cheeks, it’s perfectly buildable and blendable, and I think the matte colour it creates really suits me. The formula itself is easy to apply, long lasting, smooth and velvety, and I love the feeling when I put it on. The scent is floral, but rather unique, and much subtler than the other products in this range (more about that later!).
I was also lucky enough to try out the Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick* (40 Poppy Red). I think I’m right in saying that the application, scent and formula, are exactly the same as the Universal Stick. The only difference is the colour, which doesn’t change with your skin’s pH. As I said previously, I was pushed out of my comfort zone with a couple of these products, and this was one. Purely because of the shade. I’ve never really been a ‘red lips’ kinda girl, but I think it’s something I could get used to. I’ve found that with both lip & cheek sticks, you start to get a ’roundness’ on the ends, especially once you’ve started using them on the cheeks. I think this is something that happens with all 2 in 1 products that are kind of chubby, so when looking for the ultimate precision on my lips, I tend to apply the product with a brush.
Talking of brushes, I’ve also been using the super cute little Blush Brush* to apply my blusher. The brush itself looks like a poppy, and it’s made of soft synthetic fibres, making it really easy to use. My usual routine involves sweeping the brush across the product I’m using, blowing off any excess, then applying it to the apples of my cheeks.
Now, onto the last product that I tried in this range – the Body Scrub*. If a seductive, spicy and sweet exfoliator is your thing, then this is it. When you first open the pot, the aroma is kind of overpowering, but once used in the shower, the product is taken to a whole new level. It’s hard to explain, and you would need to try it for yourself to see what I mean. The whole experience is very unique. The scrub unleashes floral, earthy and woody notes, and smells so refreshing. Personally I think it could be aimed at men or women, because it’s slightly masculine. As with all the Smoky Poppy products, it’s infused with poppy extract from Turkey. But the body scrub goes one better, and has real poppy seeds, which make this scrub somewhat special. Including such large seeds means the product is incredibly stimulating, and great for circulation. Once used, my skin feels ridiculously smooth, and the fragrance that’s left behind is lush. Normally I would pick a body scrub that was more fruity, but trying something out of my ‘norm’, means I’ve discovered Smoky Poppies, and they’re so indulgent. I will definitely be replacing this when it runs out.
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