Tom Ford Black Orchid lipstick

This was not a planned purchase. It was one of those lipstick indulgences that you make when shopping with a friend, and you do so because they are buying it and you are a sheep.



The friend in question was Alyson. I had never met Alyson before - only read her fabulous makeup/fashion blog (Link!) - but we had a planned meet up outside the Sephora in Downtown Seattle and that was that. As is so often the case when meeting up with blog friends, it all just falls into place. It's quite special if you think about it - you converse with someone, only digitally, and when you meet them face-to-face you firm up a friendship and chat non-stop for hours!

Here's Alyson1 :)




We made a whirlwind trip round Sephora (I looked for White Russian (fail!) and I bought Tarte Exposed which is nowhere near as wonderful as NARS Douceur - I can review separately if you like) and then before Gin O'Clock, ended up in Nordstrom. Here we stumbled upon the Tom Ford counter and the strongest, most scary lipstick that man sells - Black Orchid.

Yes, I know, it's a pretty rich black/berry colour, and absolutely not up my street. But I have to confess that I have always had a thing for this sort of shade. I can pinpoint a photo in Kevin Aucoin's first book that had me obsessed - clear, tanned, luminous skin, a light, gleaming eye and a black/berry lip. Gorgeous.

Here's the thing with this though. As much as I LOVE that look, and as much as I am more confident with colour on my lips, this feels like a step too far when it's applied full on. I feel like I should be working at End of Century (Gallery Girls reference to anyone appreciative of that series :). It's dark, rich, intense and draws attention in a way that no other lipstick does. Seriously, brick red is a piece of cake compared to this.

So here it is pretty full-on  - I will admit I sometimes sport this around the flat :)



So I don't have the guts to wear this out but don't worry,  it is not destined to sit in a drawer unloved.

That berry/purple tone is PERFECT dabbed onto the lips as a stain and that's exactly what I have been doing the majority of the time. I often pair it with an insipid pink lip product I am trying to use up - AKA Chanel Plaisir lipgloss. Dabbed on it creates the perfect balance of wearable-deep-mauve-lip and it's a look that lasts for hours. Another way of getting this look is to suck on a bottle of red wine.

Annoyingly I don't really have a proper picture of that - the lip strain that is. You can kind of see it in the picture of me below - here I had been wearing it for 3 hours as a stain and you can still make out a mauve tone. It seriously lasts that long...



I know that Chanel and MAC are released/have released colours very similar to this and it makes perfect sense as we welcome in the cooler months. This is the perfect colour to wear in Winter weather. It does look frightening in the tube but I have used it so much as a stain that the TF embossing that marks a fresh lipstick has completely faded away - and this is coming from me, Mrs Muted Mouth. So I would say buy one of these types of colours, experiment with the intensity for fun and wear it as a stain obsessively.

Oh and in terms of my Tom Ford lipstick cravings, it has to be Violet Fatale next. This Tom Ford lipstick thing is becoming a problem.... :)

And while we are at it....

I was going to review this separately. I knew that in a way it was pointless because it's not a new product but I wanted to let you know how much I loved it. It was so beautifully pigmented. It gave the ideal glow. The individual bars of colour actually imparted different tones that the likes of the far more expensive Bobbi Brown versions did not...

But I killed it...




Apparently there was an echo of "Nooooooooo" around the flat when Sleek's Glo in Bronze Baby met my hard tiled floor.

The good news is that it costs about £7 and is something I can pick up in the UK when I pop back at the end of September. The bad news is that I have live without it until then.

Well in any case, this is very good so if you have never tried it, I would whole-heartedly suggest you look into it! :)

And that's about all I have to say this evening! :) Chat soon! 

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    1. Such a shame it smashed :( it always makes me sad when I see smashed make up, even when they do it in magazines I'm like ahhhh noo! x

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  2. I have had that Sleek Glo many a time, it's a smasher if ever I have had one!! :( xxx

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  3. Love that colour! I used to wear darker lipsticks stained to school/college in my teens. Then found it hard to find colours that were similar once I used up my trusty Accessorize lipstick (from the first time they had cosmetics in there- that makes me feel old!!) Looks great on you! Very autumn friendly! xx

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    1. your comment reminded me that i too used to wear darker colours in school times....No7 Chinchilla was where it was at in those days :)

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  4. I'm drooling over Black Orchid lipstick, I want it so bad! If only it weren't for its ridiculous price tag, sigh... *sparing a moment of silence to admire and drool over the first pic*

    xx

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    1. Revlon's Black Cherry is apparently a good dupe :)

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  5. Gorgeous colour. I always admire shades like this on other people but my balls seem to disappear as soon as I slick it on myself then I end up blotting untill its almost invisible.
    xo

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    1. Yep I blot until it's a stain - then my balls return :) haha

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  6. I greatly covet Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.......... Do you think someone will buy it for my soon to be birthday? Probably not! Great post Laura, I love your style of writing. From another Laura x

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    1. I think that's one of the best perfume ads of all time - such a lovely scent too!

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  7. You should totally wear this colour out and about, it's so stylish, perfect for autumn and doesn't look too harsh on you! :)

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  8. omg i need to find a similar colour to this lippie!! gorgeous! xx

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    1. I like Revlon's Black Cherry Super Lustrous lipstick for the same effect.

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  9. That Black Orchid lipstick is gorgeous!

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  10. How absolutely gorge is that shade of lipstick?
    And the bronze is a beaut too!

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  11. I would love a review/ comparison on Tarte Exposed and NARS Doceur. I hear so much about the Tarte blushes and feel so underwhelmed by most of the products I've tried I can't help but feel that it must be overhyped.

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    1. It's nice/it's okay but it doesn't last a particularly long time....I dunno, NARS Douceur all the way! Will do a comparison!

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  12. what you talking 'bout, girl?? you can totally work it!!

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  13. I just went to eBay and found an international seller for that Sleek Glo Baby. Broken and everything it convinced me! It looks amazing!

    I have a similar Mac color for the Black Orchid and I wear it the same way, as a stain.

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  14. You are totally made, go out and strut your stuff you sexy beast!

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  15. You should definitely sport this Black Orchid for a night out! It's stunning on you!
    But I do know what you mean about this being 10 times tougher to wear than red!
    I am very much tempted to get Chanel Rouge Noir myself for that kind of color :)

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    1. I night out maybe I could do - if it was very very dark! :) haha

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  16. I finally got my hands on White Russian gloss a few months back, but I totally agree about Tarte Exposed. I had it for a few weeks and returned it. It's only a few bucks less than NARS. I started wearing dark lipsticks again last year (I wore them in the 90's), and this year I'm going out with them on. haha :)Are you still in the states? Hope you have a wonderful time!

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  17. you need to go out wearing it fully applied. 'cos it is smokin'! And I mean that in the least pervy way possible.

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  18. Full on, it makes a perfect 'pin up' look! Gorgeous on you.

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  19. wow such a pretty color.
    What a pity fot the bronzer! :(



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  20. Wow, that lipstick looks so sophisticated in the bullet and beautiful on you. I need a dabble in my lipstick collection again. I've just realised that I'm in a bit of a rut slicking on Angel or Creme Cup every day with some non-descript pale pink gloss. Maybe this is the inspiration I need to shake things up for Autumn.

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  21. Beautiful colours but it would never suit me aha:)

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  22. How was I not subscribed until now??? That lipstick is beautiful on you! Bummer about the Sleek Glo, but at least it was an easily replaced product. Have a great day! Stacie xo

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  23. Love the colour too, May need to make another sneaky little purchase (been making a lot of these recently!!) as love the idea of toning it down a notch with the pink!

    xoxo

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  24. love dark lipsticks, this one looks fabulous and rather amazing on you ! x
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  25. Mine smashed without me even dropping it! It is really beautiful but just a tad too soft, hence the easy breakage!

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  26. You should't be scared to wear this out! You can defs rock it! xx

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  27. Ooooh that is definitely bold. I don't think I could ever pull it off.

    So jealous of the meetup!

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  28. Looks beautiful on you :) xx

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  29. I saw similar colour YSL lipstick in CupcakesandCashmere and I really like it. It looks great on you.
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  30. I will definitely be checking out Allyson's blog! Sounds amazing to meet up w/ someone from the blogging world. The lipstick looks fantastic on you! :)

    xx Veronica

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  31. Call me zrazy, but while I could never in a million years pull that shade off, I really like it on you. No, make that love it. Yes, in full on version.

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  32. LOVE this colour on you! I have to admit it looks incredibly scary but I think you suit it :) I need to get more adventurous with colour! I've got this fuschia lipstick (incredibly similar to show orchid by MAC) and I've not dared to wear it out of the house yet! But I really need to! Feel like saying *step away from the nude lipsticks and pick up a bright one!* Just me? xxx

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  33. I LOVE this lip colour, I'm a sucker for vampy shades.
    - keyta x

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  34. I've realized ive become quite the wimp when it comes to lip colours .... I never leave the house in anything other than pinky nude. Blah ! Now, not sure if I can pull
    Of black orchid ( even as a stain!) but I am inspired to try a deep red lip come winter ( although the hubby is not a fan lol) - Mehreen

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    1. I think you should buy it, apply it full on, and then kiss hubby. haha Men are very scared of this colour which I think is quite a good thing :)

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  35. I think this color look great on you. You can for sure pull it off.

    Maggie

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  36. You look stunning in the dark vampy color. You. Must. Wear. Out.

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    1. eee thanks Nisha! I am going to pluck up the courage one of these days I think...on a very dark night! haha

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  37. have you seen this pinterest trick for repairing broken powder makeup? i've never tried it, but it may be worth a go!

    http://smallnotebook.org/2012/05/11/how-to-fix-broken-powder-makeup/

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  38. Sleek Makeup have 20% off their entire website and quite cheap international shipping surprisingly. Thanks to your recommendation Bronze Baby is now on its way to me along with their Nars Orgasm dupe (Rose Gold blush). Yay!

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  39. beautiful)but i think it doesn't look for me(

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  40. You look really nice with the lipstick fully applied.

    Love
    Vicky
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  41. Ooh, a girls day ! & that Tom Ford lipstick looks pretty major!

    Jenny
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  42. that colour looks stunning on you...Tom Ford lipsticks have such haute feel to it.
    Oh my, you look amazing featured in that mag...

    *MlleWanderlust *

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  43. I feel exactly the same when I wear Chanel Rouge Noir and now resort to a thin slick over tons of lipbalm. Have you tried Tom Ford True Coral - it's gorgeous and can imaginie it would really suit you? x

    Luxx Mint

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  44. OMG! This is the berry shade I've been looking for, thank you thank you thank you!
    Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo
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  45. I've just ordered one...soooo excited!!
    Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo
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  46. Douceur is very underrated!
    Revlon Plum lipstick could be a good alternative without breaking the pig bank, XO

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    1. I totally agree about Douceur - it's not exciting in the pan (AT ALL) but does exactly what I want: scuplts and lifts....Revlon Plum is a good recommendation! Thanks :)

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  47. Oh, I just keep loving your blog. Even though English isn't my mother tongue, I love your writing, your quirky pen and your humor. Just keep doing what you do and brighten up my day with your writings that I can relate to, way to goooooo!

    <3

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment :) It actually made my day! xx

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  48. That is a reallyyy nice colour on you! I understand what you mean though, I bought Lollipop (the Revlon colour) and I have no idea why I did :( It's so bright and I can only really get away with lightly dabbing it.

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    1. The way I look at it, these types of products will last a really long time so I am going to justify it that way :) haha

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  49. Love this look on you! You will probably feel more confident in a darker shade when it starts getting colder! Although I don't know if it ever will in Dubai!

    I saw this post though and it reminded me of your dark lip purchase!

    http://www.amazine.com/story/904316

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    1. Exactly - i think that's the problem. It's a shade made for cosy nights out in the darkest winter months. Maybe I need to make a special trip to the UK in order to get the most out of it :)

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  50. You just reminded me of Lisa Eldridge video about Black Orchid and how you can do many things with it, even though it's such a dark colour. If you're interested, here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OCes9Eubxs&feature=plcp

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    1. Ooh I should have mentioned that in the post as I have seen it - she is so fab!

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  51. I actually really, really love the full on lip colour on you, it's so beautiful! Definitely a difficult one to brave but I'm sure you could pull it off outside the flat no problem!

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  52. I think you pull off this lipstick so well! You should wear it out!

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  53. Can you please please do a review of Marchesa's new scent? In at the moment I'm not in a country with a Sephora so I'd very much like to know how it is!

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    1. I wish I could help but I don't think I am going to be able to get hold of it! :(

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  54. That lipstick looks so great on you!!

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  55. The lipstick is amazing, such a beautiful winter colour!

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  56. I have to have that little sleek palette right now!!!!!!!!!!
    :)

    Nicole
    xox

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  57. WAIT! You don't need to live without your bronzer! Simply scoop it up and put it into an empty cream/lotion jar - AHA! - loose powder bronzer. I've done this with my NARS Laguna and MAC bronzer.

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    1. I was thinking of doing that but the beauty of it was in the different individual bars of colour...I could smash it and just created a blended product....I have kept it "smashed and all" so maybe I should :)

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  58. That lipstick is gorgeous! It suits you so much! x

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  59. A: this lipstick is completely up my street but I know I would only ever wear it out as a stain. Still, it looks great. B: Mash up the bronzer further, drip some rubbing alcohol onto it, pack it back down and let it dry. Poof! Fixed! I have to do this with my satin taupe all. the. time. Now I've started doing it with everything and getting a bit creative with it. Very fun and I'm getting a lot of new life out of products by mixing up stuff I thought I'd never wear again.

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  60. So heart-breaking to see it all smashed!! You can still use it as a loose eye-shadow if you'd like :).
    And that lip colour suits you like a glove! Bold? For sure. But so gorgeous!

    Xxx

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  61. Yes to comparison review of Exposed and Douceur! I've had my eye on both. :)

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  62. oh wow, that lipstick looks stunning on!

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  63. I just love the colour of the lipstick stick! Almost black, it looks so exotic
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  64. That colour is gorgeous, I would so wear that out :DD If only I had right shape of lips fr that, mine are too big and almost every lipstick looks vulgar on me :/

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  65. Ahh I hate dropping make up - completely ruins the day! Haha xx

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  66. I'm not someone big on leaving comments (mostly because I'm lazy) but I just HAD to tell you how stunning you look with that lip color! When I first saw the picture of the lipstick, I literally gasped and thought, "Oh no, that is simply too dark!" but when I scrolled down, I was so pleasantly surprised! Not just because the lip color looked good on you but because it looked THAT good. Its such a lovely color and compliments you beautifully - I hope you get to wear it out one day =)

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  67. Girl, that lipstick looks gorgeous on you. Be brave and wear it out!

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  68. I understand not being comfortable with something, no matter how many people tell you it looks great, but here goes nothing... THAT LIPSTICK LOOKS PHENOMENAL ON YOU!

    Seriously, I've been watching/reading you for a couple of years and I feel comfortable dubbing that my favorite lip color on you! You look gorgeous in the likes of Show Orchid and such but there is something about that deep red wine color on you that is just out of this world. I think its your coloring, the dark hair, light skin and deep lip...its amazing!!!


    Ok, I'm done with my semi-inappropriate rant now! You look great thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

    --Minela

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    1. Minela that comment has made my night and possibly given me a bit of courage. I will definitely wear it full on one night this week for you :)

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    2. YAY!!! Atta girl! That's what I like to hear! hehe

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  69. You literally have me dreaming about Tom Ford lipsticks now. Darn you Laura!! And they aren't available in my country. It will have to wait till I make a trip up to the USA to get it. :(
    It is a lovely colour and I would love to wear it with fall's colour - oxblood or that golden yellow at night with heels and a leather jacket.

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  70. Hi ! Do you have an idea where I can buy the Rebecca Minkoff here in Dubai ? Appreciated !

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  71. The colour looks really nice on the lips actually. It looks alot darker on the stick.

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  72. That lipstick is amazing! The pure shot of lipstick on you looks gorgeous btw - you totally should try vamping it up sometime! I'm actually looking for a new darker lipstick but with all the new shades on the market at the moment, I'm a bit lost.
    Btw, your writing is hilarious! I'm pretty new to your blog but I'm seriously loving it. I also now want to move to Dubai.

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  73. You look amazing with this colour lip! X

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  74. When shopping for Men's suits, the color is a very important factor to consider. You need to choose which one will help you look good.

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