You know what it’s like, you pop into a department or drug store planning on only buying a few items, ones that you essentially need. But you ALWAYS come out with way way more than you plan to… (Well I do anyway!)
The constant battle in your mind telling you that you NEED NEED NEED that new lip shade, or nail colour… even if you have shades very very similar. You end up buying it anyway. The guilt you feel at home at your lack of willpower when you open up your bags to see what you purchased. (& probably shouldn’t have)
That is what I felt with this lipstick. In January I went into Harvey Nichols, where the MAC counter is in Leeds. I don’t normally go in store, I feel very intimated, partly because I feel the workers there almost judge me because I am not the ‘typical’ looking person to enter their store. This means I usually buy my lip products online, and resist the temptation of someone trying to convince me to buy a product. But this day was different – I was on the hunt for Velvet Teddy, like everyone – and it was fully out of stock everywhere, so I wanted to take a chance and go into a store. No luck.
I was pleasantly surprised with how helpful the woman in MAC was, she really helped me out, and recommended this lip shade for me instead if I wanted to get a similar look. The shade is Viva Glam 2, safe to say I was easily persuaded! and I also picked up a lip pencil! Oops, my poor bank!
I felt INCREDIBLY guilty when I got home. I didn’t even use it for about a week because I was deciding on whether to keep it, or to return it.
Viva Glam 2 Lipstick, and Staunchly Stylish Lip Pencil
During this waiting, guilty time I came across a video on Tanya Burr‘s Channel, where she spoke about one of her favourite lipsticks, Viva Glam V I think. She mentioned that all proceeds from the Viva Glam Lipsticks go towards charity, which I think is incredible! I had always wondered why these lipsticks were in different packaging…
The entire proceeds (minus VAT I believe) go towards the MAC AIDS foundation, which I think is an amazing cause. You never know when / if, you or someone you love is going to suffer from the illness. A lot of people have judgements about AIDS – by saying people should be more careful, but you have to consider that HIV and AIDS are silent diseases. You therefore can’t always tell if someone has it, people often don’t show symptoms. (People most often don’t know themselves, scary right?) Then there are the babies that are born with the illness. When I heard this, there was no way I was going to return this product!
You get to contribute to a brilliant cause, as well as having a beautiful product. It really is a guilt free lipstick! I just wish there was more awareness about this, since the woman in the store didn’t mention anything to me at all about it, as well as there not being any signs or anything in the store. It would definitely sway my in store decision! I am just so glad I found out before I returned it! I thought I would mention this in a post because I expect a lot of other people don’t know about this fabulous cause either!
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PRODUCT.
So Viva Glam 2 is kind of like a pinky mauve / taupe kind of colour. It is a satin finish – this is my first one! and I REALLY like the finish! It is kind of in between a creme sheen and a matte, which is just perfect. Not too drying, with medium staying power, fabulous! It is a very buildable shade, you can wear it up or down. I wear this shade quite often to work, since it is a ‘your lips but better’ kind of nude. But perfectly pretty for a night out too.
Overall it took me a while to figure out if the colour suited me, but I have grown to love it. I think it is really really pretty, and is for an excellent cause. You should buy this lipstick or others in the range, they are all very pretty! They often have the limited edition celebrity ones around too, currently Viva Glam Miley is out. Plus, no need for that nasty guilty voice in the back of your mind, which I have a lot! Have you every purchased any of the Viva Glam lipsticks?