Been having a tough/challenging day/week/time? just before you ask a select few friends for therapist recommendations -we’ve got the solution: lipstick.

Obviously we’re not talking about picking up a quick tube of lippy when you stock up on essentials at your local supermarket. No one’s life (as far as research shows) has even been revolutionised by cheapo lipstick. No no, this needs to be something that makes you feel like you’re indulging. Lipstick to put life to rights again. So we’d like to suggest Zelens Extreme Velvet Lipstick. A lipcolour created by a skincare company? Oh yes, this is more than just lipstick – it’s also a treatment for your lips.

Of course, colour is highly-pigmented and long-wearing, with a moisturising finish that feels comfortable on the lips. But this magic lipstick is made with a blend of active ingredients designed to plump and boost lip volume and banish the appearance of line. Basically – your lips but better. Of course, one swipe of lipstick isn’t going to solve all your problems. But will it make you feel just that little bit better and give you the boost you need? Most definitely. And no, elegant packaging isn’t a reason for buying a lipstick, but this is glossy, chic and reassuringly heavy.

Ingredients-wise – Zelens specialises in next generation skincare – so you’ve got hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and plump, tripeptide to boost collagen and lip volume, and phytol which stimulates skin renewal. Basically super effective skincare for your lips, giving a creamy, smooth finish.

Our favourites? One can’t go wrong with a classic red for that instant pop of colour – just so chic worn with a white shirt and some statement earrings. The velvety, softly-matte finish comes into its own with nude tones though – Nude Pink or Nude Beige are both supremely flattering. Tea Rose is another beautifully feminine, elegant shade, perfect for daytime and adding a hint of sophistication. There are deeper wine-toned colours too – and all of the shades last well and fade well. Nothing like lipstick – and possibly a cup of tea – to pick you up when you’re feeling down.

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Priced at £32, find out more about Zelens Extreme Velvet Lipstick on their website.