Monday, 26 December 2016

Mac x Mariah Carey - Lipstick Review (Holiday 2016)

L-R: Dahlinggg!, Bit of Bubbly
Naturally, when mixing Mariah Carey and Mac, a glittery-fabulous-holidayready collection is born. The collection covers a lot of ground, including a golden bronzer-come-highlighter (with Mariah's face embossed into it... because, well, just because), two eyeshadow quads, lipsticks, glosses, blushers, lip pencils, liquid eyeliner, brushes, false lashes and a shimmery body powder. Woah, got all that? I haven't been that interested in Mac for quite some time but when I saw the leaks of this collection I just had to have a couple pieces and in usual me fashion I picked up a couple of pinky-nude lipsticks (duh!).

The two lipsticks that I got were Dahhlinggg! and Bit of Bubbly. Dahlinggg! is described as a peachy, nude cremesheen lipstick and Bit of Bubbly as a light peach with a hint of cooler beige. All the lipsticks in the collection come in the most gorgeous silver glitter packaging (which is surprisingly smooth to touch!) that I'm dying for, and with a butterfly engraved into the lipstick itself. Both shades are similar, with Dahlinggg! being a couple shades darker and slightly warmer than Bit of Bubbly, in my opinion, but they both work as nudes on my NC35 skin-tone. These are true nude shades, rather than pinky-nudes as I'd hoped, but they still work on my complexion and I'm getting a surprising amount of use out of them.

As a make up junkie, I naturally love Mac's usual lipstick formulas and these are no exceptions. Both Dahlinggg! and Bit of Bubbly are creamsheen finishes which, thankfully, are my personal favourite - they're just so hydrating while still being so pigmented! Both bullets provide one swipe colour, but to avoid any streaks I advise applying a couple of layers and with doing so you'll achieve around 4 hours wear time; which for creamsheens is pretty good going.

A peak at more products in the collection. Available to buy here.
If these are still in stock (which I think they are in Selfridges!) I say pick at least one up. The packing is just SO gorgeous and the lipsticks are really lovely in formula. Did you pick up anything from the collection?

Monday, 5 September 2016

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation Review

I've been on a bit of a foundation binge recently. I find foundations is the make up product that I struggle with the most. I like satin to dewy finishes and something that doesn't accentuate my pores and dry patches, but also something that doesn't make me any more oily than I already am - is that so much to ask for??!? After begrudgingly finishing my bottle of YSL Touche Eclat so that I didn't waste the £30+ I paid for it, when on a impromptu shopping trip I walked past a Bobbi Brown and new it was time I tried something new. I told the girl behind the counter what I like in a foundation and what I'd previously been using (which I didn't like...) and she said that the Long Wear Even Finish foundation would be perfect for me. I wish I knew why she thought I'd like this, or maybe she just wanted an easy sale, but this is nothing at all Like I'd explained - even the shade match was way off. My NC35 skin was matched to 'Warm Sand' and is at least a shade, perhaps two, too light for me, but at least the undertones are right.

With 'long wear' literally being in the title, I expected this to be on par with my beloved Nars All Day Luminous and withstand a full days wear but unfortunately this began to get patchy after around 5 hours. However, it's saving grace is that it's pretty much waterproof so is perfect for a night out in a sweaty nightclub.

Unfortunately this has a matte finish which I'm not a fan of but is highly pigmented which created a medium to full coverage look. The formula is quite thick, and after a quick look on the website is described as 'gel-like' which I agree with, but it doesn't actually feel that heavy on the face nor does it look cakey. I mean, it's not the lightest formula I own but it's OK and wearable.

So for a quick run down...
Medium to full coverage
Wide shade range
Doesn't break me out but still feels moisturising
Somewhat waterproof

Matte finish
Thick formula
Not as long wearing as promised
Nothing outstanding for a £32.50 price tag

Overall, is this a good foundation? Yes, but it's just not the right foundation for me. If you're looking for something matte and full coverage for nights out then this is great and due to the no-oil, gel formula, if you accidentally fall asleep drunk in it your skin won't suffer too much the next morning. However, I was looking for a day to day, dewy foundation that's going to last a long time and this just didn't make the cut. Also, the fact that this shade is so off really doesn't help. I wish I knew what the girl working at Bobbi Brown was thinking...

Friday, 2 September 2016

HUGE Colourpop Haul and First Impressions

A few months ago I placed a Colourpop order using ShipItTo as, at the time, Colourpop didn't ship directly to the UK so I felt like I was limited in what I could buy. As you don't find out ShipItTo's cost until you've actually placed the order, I really had to reign myself in and only buy a couple of things. However... Colourpop recently announced that they were going to start to ship internationally! Dreams do come true, huh? Shipping is still steep though, with an order amounting to $100 or less costing $25 to ship and then on top of that I was hit with a £20 customs charge. But the products are ridiculously cheap so I ended up justifying it to myself... oops.

I already own three Super Shock Shadows but I wanted to try more finishes and get a wider range of colours to play with. They only cost $5 each so I ended up buying 8 in total:

Un (from the Jenn Ne Sais Quad collection)
L-R: Lovely, Un, Amaze
These are my first three neutral shades and they're all a metallic finish and quite similar, with just varying degrees of darkness and opacity. Lovely is a gorgeous inner corner highlight colour whilst Amaze is nice to pack onto the lid. All three are very dupable shades but they're still pretty to own, especially as they're in Colourpops unique mousse/cream-powder formula.

Tea Party
Eye Candy
L-R: Tea Party, Eye Candy
These two were the 'pretty' shades that I just couldn't resist! I mean, look at those gorgeous pastel shades! How could I checkout without these in my basket? Again, both of these are 'metallic' finishes but unfortunately they were more just glitter than metallic. I've tried using different application techniques but all I can get out of these two is pure glitter with no colour pay off. I'm really disappointed with these two but I'm going to try to continue to work with these in the hopes I can figure out how to get some colour out of them.

L-R: Shop, KathleenLights, Telepathy
My final three are what I would call 'brights'. They're a little bit out of my usual nude comfort zone but I obviously had to try KathleenLights (a Colourpop cult favourite) and that led to the purchase of Telepathy. Shop is a matte finish and is a gorgeous pinky coral, KathleenLights is a pearlized finish and Telepathy is an ultra metallic finish. I wore Shop on a night out and it was beautiful in the crease but is slightly hard to blend and work with due to the cream-ish formula.

For $5 (£3.70-ish) these shadows are an absolute steal. They're slightly hit and miss but when you find a good one, it's really good. Out of all the ones I bought, Telepathy is a definite fav but Lovely is a close second.

Colourpop also have highlighters in the same bouncy forumla as their eyeshadows. Being a highlighter junkie I had to give them a whirl and at $8 (£6) each I couldn't resist picking up 2.

L-R: Hippo, Wisp
Hippo is a gorgeous lavender colour, and I was totally inspired to buy this after falling in love with the lavender shades in my Jouer mermaid highlighter palette (review here). Wisp is another Colourpop cult favourite so I felt like I'd be missing out if I didn't pick it up. Both are gorgeous and highly pigmented but with Wisp being a lot more wearable than Hippo.

Liquid lipsticks have hit the beauty community at full force this year with huge controversy surrounding Kylie lip kits and Colourpop's. I'll have a blog post up later about if I think they're all that similar or not! Colourpop seemed to get a lot of exposure with the Kylie drama and since then have grown their shade and finish range. I picked up a lip product from all their different finishes; glossy lips, lippie stix, satin lips, matte lips and their ultra metallic range.

Lippie Stix in Button (satin) ($5)
Ultra Metallic lip in Salt ($6)
Ultra Satin lip in Alyssa ($6)
Ultra Matte lip in Solow ($6)
Ultra Glossy lip in Tight Fit ($6)
L-R: Button, Salt, Alyssa, Solow, Tight Fit
Top to bottom: Alyssa, Solow, Tight Fit, Salt
Obviously, I went for a range of pinky nudes (duh, I live for pinky nudes). Unfortunately I think Solow is a little too deep for my NC35 complexion and borders on the mauve rather than pinky nude, the product was also extremely drying and I don't think I'd be able to wear that for a long period of time as I do with my Kylie lip kits. Another thing to add is that the matte liquid lip took so long to completely dry down, however once it was dry nothing was getting it off. I was dying to get my hands on Midi and Echo Park but sadly both were sold out so I settled for different shades instead. I'm absolutely smitten with Tight Fit (SO beautiful) and although Salt is a tad too much on the taupe side to be wearable, mixed in with Heir by Kylie Cosmetics it is the most GORGEOUS metallic lip product I've ever seen. I did find that I didn't get a full tube of product with Salt and it is a completely different texture and consistency to a traditional liquid lip but I enjoy wearing it all the same. The satin lip formula is much nicer than the ultra matte as it isn't so drying or patchy, but it isn't at all transfer proof which was a little disappointing. The lippie stix are very comfortable and wearable and I love throwing one in my handbag for an easy day to day lipstick.

Overall, the Lippie Stix and Glossy lips are the real winners for me but for the price, the metallic and satin lips are a steal. Unless there is a shade that you just must have from the matte range, I'd give them a miss and buy a Satin formula instead as on the lips there isn't much difference in the finish but they're just so much more comfortable to wear.

Have you ever tried Colourpop cosmetics? What were your thoughts? I'm tempted to do a more in depth review of these products separately as trying to squeeze everything into one blog post became a bit too much so maybe keep a look out for that.


Monday, 22 August 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick Review - Wearing Kim Kardashians lipstick ?!

I've never really experimented much with Charlotte Tilbury's cosmetics. I'm in love with her cream eyeshadows, but nothing else has really caught my eye enough to justify her extortionate price tag but when I saw this lipstick on @wendy_online 's instagram, I just had to rush out that week and buy it. I think it's the gorgeous, elegant packaging and bullet shape that pulled me in.

The 'Hot Lips' collection is Charlotte Tilbury's latest release. It is a collection of lipsticks inspired by and in collaboration with a selection of amazing celebrity women; including Miranda Kerr, Nicole Kidman, Salma Hayek, Kate Bosworth, Laura Bailey, Cindy Crawford, Helena Bonham-Carter, Liv Tyler, Emily Ratajkowski, Carina Lau, Poppy Delevingne, Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Penelope Cruz and Kim Kardashian-West. I love that we're celebrating strong women - go girl power! I picked up the lightest nude shade (duh, pinky nude addict here) which was inspired by Kim Kardashian West and was coincidentally the exact same lipstick @wendy_online had got.

This collection is a mixture of Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G and Matte Revolution formulas. For anyone who is new to her formulas, the K.I.S.S.I.NG range was the first she launched and are a satin finish, which are creamy and high pigmented, creating a medium-full coverage look. They have a natural-looking shine which makes them much more comfortable to wear. The Matte Revolution formula is just that - matte, but I'd say they were more of a comfort matte than full Kyle Jenner-esque. The shade Kim K W is of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula and, as I don't own any of the other's in this collection I can't say for all, has a subtle vanilla scent that disappears the second it's applied.

There's just something about a Tilbury lipstick which feels luxurious (but maybe it's just the £22 price tag).

Despite the beautiful colours and easy application, I do find that these settle into the lines of your lips if not applied on top of a lip liner. This isn't an issue for me as I always fill in my lips after I've lined them anyway, but it's worth a mention.

Tilbury's lipsticks have a formula that doesn't come by often and when it does I have a tendency to buy the whole shade range. The comfort matte really is genius, it's hydrating and creamy but you can still make your way through a (veggie!) burger without eating your £22 lip colour.

So which celebrity's colour do you want to wear?


Monday, 15 August 2016

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review

I recently picked up the new YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, which is the reformulated version of their 2012 release. YSL promise to provide an '8 hours of beauty sleep' look with a full coverage, flawless radiance finish and after falling in love with the traditional under eye brightener - the touch eclat pen - I was eager to pick this up. Another selling point was that this foundation is offered in a wide range of 22 shades and for someone who always struggles to find a match, this was great. Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation is split into three colour families; BR (rose beige - NW in mac), BD (golden beige - NC in mac) and B (neutral beige) and as a surprise I matched B50 well despite having very strong yellow undertones.

The formula is nice and lightweight, it blends well and provides a satin finish which makes it look like you're glowing from within. Despite this, I just didn't get along with this foundation. I found that it wasn't long wearing enough on my oily skin and it definitely isn't the full coverage that YSL promise. Luckily it was build able without becoming cakey but I felt like I flew through my bottle in a couple months as I had to add 2 or 3 layers to provide the coverage that I wanted. Another thing I hate about this foundation is that it clings to any dry patches or imperfections and really settled into my smile lines throughout the day.

I don't regret purchasing this as it was nice, but that's about it. I'm looking for a foundation that I'm blown away by after the first use (which I was with my Nars All Day Luminous) and this just didn't make the cut. I think, however, if you have normal (not dry/oily) skin then this would work for you as a daytime foundation, but unfortunately I'm looking for something that will last on my oily complexion.

Have you ever tried this? What did you think?

Monday, 8 August 2016

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Beauty Haul

L-R: Parisian Nite blush, Touche eclat blur perfector, Touche eclat blur primer, Touche eclat foundation, Touch eclat radiant touch concealer, Rouge volupte lipstick in shade 2 Blond Sensuel.
After never really dipping my toe into the water that is YSL Beauty, I dived off the highest bridge and fully submerged myself - which my bank account was not too pleased about. As you probably already know, YSL is a high end brand with high end prices. For the most part, however, I believe the quality of their products match their steep price tags.

Originally starting with the classic Touch Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer (buy here) which was gifted to me, I fell head over heels in love with the brand which resulted in me rushing to my nearest YSL counter to see what else they had on offer.

To try and justify the purchase to myself, I kept reminding myself that I was nearly half way through my beloved Nars All Day Luminous and I should really get another foundation just in case I suddenly run out (Ha! Half a bottle could still last me a good few months). I'm quite picky when it comes to foundations but the girl behind the counter sold me on the Le Teint Touche Eclat and after loving the touche eclat concealer I was somewhat OK with forking out £32.50 for a shiny 30ml bottle of the stuff (sorry bank account...). But did I stop there? You bet I didn't.

Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation in shade BD50 (buy here) and Rouge volupte lipstick in shade 2 Blond Sensuel.

Right next to the foundations were their new primers. I'm not usually a primer type of girl - I'm just not that into buying make up that isn't pretty (I have 1000's of lipsticks but only one mascara... Go figure.) - but the gold flecks running through the gel just pulled me straight in and before I could really comprehend what I was doing I was throwing another £30 at the girl behind the counter.

Touche Eclat blur primer (buy here) and Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation.

I must have been feeling especially frivolous that day as the blur primer was not the extent of my shopping trip. Just as I was about to dig my car keys out and leave I spotted a pastel pink compact from the corner of my eye, and, well, the rest is history. Anything pink or sparkly usually ends up living inside my make up draws and the Touche Eclat blur perfector was no exception. I wasn't quite sure what the product was (nor do I know now... But I'm saving that for a full review!) but the packaging alone was enough to make me drop yet another £32 on it. Unfortunately after using it for just a few days, and by throwing it in my make up draw and handbag, somehow the pink cushion on the front of the packaging has gotten marked and I just can't get it off :( The blur primer does come in the typical YSL velvet pouch but, in usual me fashion, I lost it within mere minutes of owning it.

Damaged Touche Eclat blur perfector compact :( (Buy here).

And I finally pried myself away from the store and went home with all my new YSL goodies in tow. Well, until I got home and found a Parisian Nite collection blusher on Depop that I just had to have. I really don't have any self restraint.

For a while I was happy. I felt like I didn't need anymore YSL beauty products... Until I went on holiday and saw the YSL counter at Duty Free in the airport. For the first week of our holiday all I could think about was YSL lipsticks so when we found a YSL counter in Morocco I knew it was fate and bought one. I was toying between shade 1 and 2 (both pinky nudes.. duh) and decided on shade 2 Blond Sensuel which is a gorgeous pinky toned nude. Although one of my palest lippies, it's somehow still flattering on my medium toned skin.

Unfortunately the Parisian Nites blush was limited edition and the rouge volupte lipstick in shade 2 has been discontinued so you can't now buy either of these products yourselves.

Despite the slight relapse in Morocco, I think my YSL haul is complete (but I am still dreaming of the Rouge Volupte lipstick in shade 1....)

Once up, I'll link all the full reviews of each product below :)

Le Teint Foundation.
Blur Primer
Blur perfector: not up yet.

Have you ever tried YSL beauty products? What are your favs?

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Jouer Mermaid Glow Highlighter Palette Review

How to get young girls to buy a product: name it the 'mermaid/unicorn/princess' collection. Being completely honest here, the name is what suckered me into buying this palette. How could I resist something marketed as the mermaid collection?! If the name wasn't enough, the pretty holographic packaging and dreamy highlight colours sealed the deal for me and before I could process what I was doing, I was hunting the internet in hopes of getting this little gem shipped to the UK.

I'd never tried Jouer products before but after hearing great things I saw this palette as an opportunity to get 5 full sized highlighters for the price of only 2.  At 2g/.07oz per pan you're really getting a big bang for your buck as the whole palette only costs £35 (!!!!!). Lucky for us British, Cult Beauty sell Jouer products and a single highlighter is £16.75 so this palette has a retail price of £83.75 which is an amazing saving.

Jouer's Mermaid Glow palette includes 3 permanent shades (Camellia, Tiare, Champagne) and 2 limited edition colours (Crystal and Seashell). I was really surprised at how different each shade is and although they may look similar in the pan, they all transform and look so different once applied to your face. My favourite colour is Crystal as it really does give you a beautiful lilac 'mermaid-y' glow, there are so many different glitters and colours running through it that it shifts in the light to create a gorgeous, mystical look.

L-R: Tiare, Camellia, Crystal, Champagne, Seashell.

These shimmery - but not glittery - highlighters are all cream as opposed to my usual preference of a powder formula but they still have that high shine look I'm going for. Jouer's highlighters are extremely lightweight and it's an odd sensation when you dip your finger in the pan as it almost feels like you're not picking any product up, even though you are. You can even layer these on top of powder without the powder cakeing up! If Jouer ever introduce more highlighter shades to their collection I'd be all over them as I thing these are absolutely stunning.

Other than the initial box this palette comes in, I'm not all too keen on their basic brown packaging but the fact that you can connect all Jouer's products together is really ingenious. It's literally adult lego!

One of the only downsides I have is that each pan gets so dirty so easily as I love to mix and match the shades - but that's just a con of creams in general and not a criticism of Jouer products at all.

For £35 this buy was a no-brainer and I really recommend purchasing some Jouer highlighters. Unfortunately this palette was a limited edition exclusive but majority of the colours are still avaliable individually.

Have you ever tried Jouer products? Do you like the look of this palette?

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