Sunday, 19 February 2012

MAC Quite Natural Paint Pot...

Since I've recently started playing around with cream based products more, I thought it was about time I tried MAC Paint Pots. I've seen these used all over the internet - Painterly in particular which has been used as an eye shadow base. Since i'm completely in love with my Estee Lauder Double Wear Eyeshadow Base, I thought I would try a different colour. The one I went for is Quite Natural.

Quite Natural is a lovely deep brown colour. It has a cream formula that dries matt and a little goes a long way. You can really see the deep colour it goes on in the swatch below.

Despite being opaque in the swatch above this blends out really easily in to a more subtle brown - ideal for during the day.

In terms of lasting power this only lasts a couple of hours on me without needing touched up. I've also noticed that by the end of the work day, this has creased slightly. This was pretty surprising considering the love that many people have for Painterly as an eyeshadow base. They do last slightly longer when set with an eyeshadow but it does still crease slightly on me. Unless the formulas vary between colours, I doubt i'd ever use one of these as my eyeshadow base, I'll stick to my Estee Lauder. 

That being said I really like this. Its a really nice eye product - the creasing isn't so severe to put me off this particular one. I like that this is multi task and Ive been using it all over the eye lid and under as a smudged eye liner. I also like that I can blend this out to be a more subtle colour. The pictures below show the product on my eyes the way i've been wearing it

As you can see, when blended, the pigmentation in this really changes - it lightens up significantly. I suppose the thing I like the most about this is how easy and quick it is to use. Its great for those days when I'm rushing to get out the door or i'm just too lazy to use a lot of products. I personally wouldn't recommend using this as an eyeliner by itself. It does smear a little bit so that's why i've started just smudging it to begin with.

Would I buy another one? I'm not sure. Given the creasing I'm not sure i'd jump into it. I'd need to check online for reviews/swatches first. Overall, these are worth a look if you're looking for an easy to use cream eyeshadow product but, personally, I wouldn't necessarily recommend as an eyeshadow base.

Jill x

Friday, 17 February 2012

Falling in love again...

Todays post is about several products that i've recently fallen back in love with. I hadn't used some of these for quite some time and recently I find myself reaching for them on a regular basis. I'm actually not sure why I ever stopped using them. Oh wait I do know, its because I compulsively buy makeup and theres always something new to play with.


  • Dior Addict Lipstick in 465 Singuliere - This is a really gorgeous pink lipstick. To my eye its a pale but bright pink that leans slightly blue. The formula of these lipsticks is divine - if feels really moisturising and glides on easily.  Its got a lovely shine to it as well. On me, it lasts maybe 2 hours before I have to re-apply. I tend to favour stronger pinks for my lips but this is a really lovely change.
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 54 Boy - This has been raved about all over the internet so I don't really know what else I can say. Probably my favourite lipstick of all time - I just hadn't reached for it because I had so many other new ones to play with. Its a gorgeous shiny girly pink colour. You can tell from the tiny nub thats left in the picture above how well loved this is, so well loved that I actually have a back up in a drawer for when its finished
  • NARS Lipgloss in Angelika - Yet another gorgeous cool toned pink with, to my eye, slightly purple undertones. The formula of this is slightly sticky but not so much that I get too annoyed with it. The gloss is also extremely well pigmented
All are swatched in the photo below in the same order

  • Dior Rose Diamond - as you can see from the picture above this is very well loved. I also have the famed Amber Diamond but it was the Rose Diamond that started my love for these highlighters, highlighters in general actually (I've since developed a bit of an obsession). It provides a lovely pink shimmery highlight. I wear it by swirling all the colours together so i'm not quite sure why its more worn at the pale side. Just gorgeous.
  • Mac Powder Blush in Fleur Power - a wonderfully pigmented, long lasting pink blush. Its a Mac blush, what more can I say?
  • NARS Illuminator in Orgasm - Again, I don't really know what to say about this thats not already been said. A gorgeous warm liquid highlighter. Looks orange in the bottle, blends out to the most lovely bronze with a gold tinge. As you can see, this is the old bottle shape so mines quite old and still going strong. A little goes a long way.
  • Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in 52 - I'm very VERY pale so to find a bronzer that looks natural and doesn't turn me orange can be a bit of a challenge. This one ticks all the boxes. Its a lovely bronzer and again, well talked about in many other blogs. I've had this since the summer last year and it looks like i've barely used it when in actual fact, for a good few months, I was using it daily. A little goes a long way and a great value buy that also smells gorgeous!
First picture below is swatches of the Mac Blush (top) and Dior Rose Diamond (Bottom) and the second picture shows a (messy) swatch of the NARS illuminator and it blended out. I couldn't get the bronzer to photograph (not sure why) so its not included

  • NARS eyeshadow duo in Tzarine - This consists of two beautiful eyeshadows - a shimmery champagne and a shimmery grey with tiny flecks of glitter. The glitter in the grey doesn't actually translate onto my eyes too much, meaning that I can get away with this through the day. The Champagne is the most lovely subtle colour. I like to use this as the all over eye colour and use the grey to smoke it out in the outer corner and through the crease. I've also used the grey as an eye liner as well. Excellent lasting power and well pigmented shadows.
  • Dior Diorshow Maximiser Lash Plumping Serum - I've unfortunately not been blessed with long lashes. Mine are very short and straight. They don't curl, no matter what I try they just either don't curl or, if they do curl, by the time i've left the house in the morning they'll be straight again. I got this when it was first released last year and totally fell in love with it. It really does what it claims. Its white in colour and designed to be used as a mascara primer - an unnecessary step for many but when you have tiny lashes like me, its wonderful. My lashes appear longer, fuller and are better at holding a curl. I also feel like my mascara lasts for longer when I use this. To be honest, it was just laziness that meant I stopped using this but now i've been using it again, I don't know why I ever let that stop me!
The picture below shows the eyeshadow duo swatched

I've really enjoyed using these products again and will definitely make the effort to rotate my makeup and make use of some old favourites more often.

Jill x

Saturday, 11 February 2012

A little Stila Experiment...

I've been experimenting more and more with cream blush products lately and I actually can't believe its taken me so long to get into them, I love them! One of the products that I've really been loving lately is the Stila Convertible Colour Dual Lip and Cheek Cream. 

The one I have is called Poppy. These products are designed to be used as both a cream blush and a lip product. I'm a little dubious about multi use products as I always think if its good at one thing it won't be as good at the other. With that in mind, getting this was a bit of a gamble for me but I actually really like it.

I had a lot of difficulty accurately capturing the colour of this in the pan. The picture above was taken in daylight and is the most accurate colour wise - please excuse the marks in it. I didn't realise until I was about to do this post that the pictures I had taken before I started using this product were far FAR too orange toned to be used and, in fact, the colour in reality is a slightly deeper red than even this.

Despite being difficult to capture in a blog photo, the colour of this is really lovely. Swatched and on the lips it s a deep pink toned red. I'm not a fan of red lips so this is a slight departure from the norm for me but it still has enough pink in it for it to be wearable for me. The texture is lovely as well, somewhere between a gloss and a lipstick and its very very pigmented.

When this is blended out, its a real surprise. The colour is the most lovely vibrant pink. Due to the high level of pigmentation, this is a product that it would be very easy to go over board with. A little goes a long way. Its very easy to build up to a more red toned cheek colour, which I think can look lovely if you've got really pale skin.

Lasting power with this is particularly good. It lasted on my cheeks all day at work without needing a touch up. On the lips this also lasts a good few hours and even when the initial product has worn off, it leaves a lovely "just bitten" hint of colour.

I really like this. There is quite good selection of colours with this product and I will definitely be looking into getting some more. These are priced at £16 and I got mine from Boots.

Jill x

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

A little Pink Friday...

I recently purchased one of the nail polishes from the OPI Nicki Minaj collection. The one I purchased is called...

Pink Friday is a pastel but bright bubblegum pink. I've recently been wanting to experiment more with pale pastel nail polishes since the quality and appearance of my nails is improving (all thanks to the OPI Nail Envy treatment). I've had pale polishes before but just didn't really like them, they were always streaky and kind of horrible looking. This is just lovely.

First coat applies kind of streaky but a second coat evens that out and as you can see it is completely opaque. Formula is excellent, just what you'd expect from OPI. I've been wearing it since this past Sunday and I still don't have any considerable chips, slight tip wear but it is very slight. The picture below is of the same hand taken today so you can see how little wear there is

Theres really nothing. This is a lovely polish.

I also got this little beauty, the Femme De Cirque mini polish collection. I believe that this collection was launched in Spring 2011. Its a lovely set of soft pale pink/creams and a white toned, very sheer polish with microscopic glitter particles that shines pink and blue. I haven't tried any of these polishes yet but I expect they will be of the same high standard as the other OPIs I've tried. Look how pretty it is...

So cute!

Jill x

Sunday, 5 February 2012

A Tantrum is sometimes a good thing...

At the start of the year when I was in speaking to the girls at Illamasqua in Debenhams, I said I was looking for a lipgloss, a neutral but still with a pink tinge to it - theres nothing I hate more than beige concealer lips...ick!

The lovely girl that I was speaking to pulled out a few of the Illamasqua Sheer Lipglosses for me to look at with a wide selection of colour. I ended up purchasing 2 of them - Tantrum and Enchant. In the tube, Enchant fits the bill of what I was asking - a lovely neutral with a pink tint. Its safe to say that in the tube, Tantrum doesn't -

Its the most bright vivid purple. I'd spent quite a lot of time chatting at the counter and the sales girl was pretty sure that I would like this, she said that it sheers out and is something maybe a little bit different from the usual pinks. Curiosity got the better of me and she applied it. As soon as I looked in the mirror I was sold.

This is stunning. I really love it. When sheered out, it applies as the softest pink with a faint purple tinge. The finish is lovely and glossy without being too over the top. I like that the colour of this is buildable - you can apply it thicker or build it up. The formula isn't sticky either which is a big plus. Its a really nice product. 

The packaging is pretty non descript, squeezy tube with plastic applicator. The applicator itself isn't great, I find when I try to use it, its hard to be accurate with the gloss application.

To use this I've been squeezing out a little bit  onto the end and applying with a lip brush. I also think this makes it easier to get a more sheer look.

If you want the deep purple colour to appear on the lips, this is easy enough and doesn't actually take a ton of product to achieve an opaque look. The darker colour isn't one i'd normally use but when this is sheered out its just lovely. The picture below shows it swatched at the top and sheered out with a lip brush at the bottom

You can really see how pale it is. Its coloured enough to be a good alternative to the usual pinks but sheer enough to be, for me, work appropriate. It also still lets enough of my lip colour through to not be over the top. You can see me wearing it in the picture at the end of another Illamasqua product post, here

Lasting power is also pretty good, maybe a little longer than average for other glosses but i've found that this also kind of tints my lips which makes the colour appear to last longer.

Like some other Illamasqua products i've fallen in love with, I think this product shows that you shouldn't judge them by what you see in the bottle! Before I started experimenting more with Illamasqua I wouldn't have said that but i'm learning to not necessarily judge a product by its initial colour and always have a play around! I will definitely be purchasing more of these lip glosses.

Jill x

Saturday, 4 February 2012

A bit of Chanel to brighten up my day...

I'm the first one to admit that I have a Chanel addiction problem. More often than not, I just can't help myself from stopping and having a look at their makeup and inevitably buying something. I've always been impressed by the colour range and lasting power (with the exception of some of the nail polishes which chip as soon as they're applied!). Since i'm the victim of a powerful and uncontrollable addiction, its just not my fault that I spent...well...a lot of money at the Chanel counter recently. One of the things I picked up was the new Blush Horizon De Chanel soft glow blush from the Spring 2012 collection.

The blush itself comes in the typical sleek and sturdy black box with white Chanel logo and is accompanied by a small angled blush brush. As always, both also come in small velvety Chanel bags. The blush box also has a built in mirror which is a good size.

The blush itself is stripy with different shades of pink and one white strip. 

Isn't it just soooo pretty?

I use this blush by swirling all the colours together. I suppose you could use the colours separately maybe on the eyes but the stripes are just so small that I don't really see the point in trying this.

Swirled together this produces the most gorgeous bright pink. The only way I can really think of to describe it is Barbie like. It also has the most lovely pale pearly glow to it when blended out. The picture below shows it swatched at the top and blended at the bottom.

As you can see, this is very nicely pigmented. I've also been using the brush that it comes with to apply and i've found it to be very good. The size is great (as opposed to the tiny brushes that got with my other Chanel blushes), its not scratchy and it picks up a great amount of colour. I don't think it really matters what brush you use with this blush, you won't need to work to pick up a lot of colour.

Lasting time for this is excellent, as with the other Chanel blushes i've tried. I've just been doing a light touch up mid afternoon.

One of the things that I love about Chanel cosmetics (in addition to the colour choice & quality) is that by owning some Chanel makeup, you feel like you own a little bit of luxury. Thats a nice feeling to be honest and its definitely true with this product. This is a gorgeous well pigmented blush that lasts for a while on the skin and like all Chanel products i've tried it is expensive, but for me, totally worth it.

Jill x

Friday, 3 February 2012

A little Benefit Treat...

I recently treated myself to Benefits Watt's Up! highlighter. Unlike the other highlighters by Benefit that I have, this isn't a liquid but comes in the form of a stick which actually reminds me of the NARS multiples.

As you can see, the packaging is typically Benefit. Its super cute and kitsch. On one end of the tube is the highlighter stick and on the other is a sponge that you're supposed to use to blend the product. Personally, I'm not a fan of the sponge, I found it didn't really work and actually rubbed off more product than it blended. 

The highlighter itself is a gorgeous champagne colour that has a cream to powder formula. This has a lovely shimmer without being too over the top. Its very easy to blend out and a little goes a long way. It is easily buildable to give a more intense finish. The picture below shows it swatched at the top then blended out at the bottom

You can really see the lovely sheen and gorgeous colour. This is a really lovely product. Lasting power is also great with this and it doesn't just melt into my skin, it actually delivers what it says it will, a "soft focus" highlight. 

This product reminds me of the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Modern Mercury highlighter that i'm absolutely in love with. It is quite similar but the Benefit highlighter is slightly more pale and doesn't have the same level of shimmer. 

I've also tried this as a brow highlight and while it is nice, I prefer something with a more white/pale pink colour for this, Benefits High Beam is one of my favourites.

This product costs £24.50 which isn't exactly cheap. Ideally this would come at a lower price point and for me, without the pointless sponge. With that being said, this is a really lovely product and overall, another win for Benefit. 

Jill x