Monday, 30 July 2012

Stila In The Light Palette Love...

This little gem was on my wish list for quite some time and I was so happy that I finally picked it up.

The In The Light Palette  is a gorgeous neutral palette from Stila. I've really been loving Stila eyeshadows recently and this palette does not let down. It contains 10 colours of varying finishes - 4 matt, 1 matt with glitter, 3 shimmer shades and 1 shimmer with glitter in it - as well as a lovely eyeliner

I'm not gonna lie, one of the things that really attracted me to this palette is that it contains my absolute favourite eyeshadow of all time - Kitten. All of the shades in this are just gorgeous though. The quality of this palette is outstanding. The shadows are very well pigmented and really soft and easy to blend. You literally have to just touch the shadows lightly to get a good colour pay off.

(top row)

(bottom row)

The eyeliner is gorgeous as well. It's one of the Smudge Stick waterproof eyeliner and the shade is called Damsel and is exclusive to the palette. The colour is dark brown, almost black.  This eyeliner being called a Smudge Stick is deceiving since this sets extremely quickly. You have to work very quickly in order to smudge it at all and when it sets, it lasts all day. I have really watery eyes so everything smears on me, except this. It even lasts on my water line.

Much like the eyeshadows, you get a great colour pay off from this without having to press down hard.

One of the great things about this palette is that you get 10 near full sized eyeshadows plus an eyeliner for £24. When you factor in that these eyeliners cost £14 each by themselves, the value for money is outstanding. Love it.

Jill x

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Marks & Spencer Lilac Nail Polish...

I've recently discovered the new Limited Collection makeup from Marks and Spencer and have picked up a few pieces from the collection, one of which is this nail polish 

This shade is called Lilac and it is just that. Well its slightly more interesting than just being a pretty lilac. It's got a gold shimmer that leans faintly green in certain lights. It's a really pretty polish. The pictures above were taken with 3 coats but it could've done with only 2, I just put the 3rd on to really strengthen the colour. This laster about 3 days without chipping which, considering these polishes only cost £3.50 each, is pretty damn good in my book.

Jill x

Friday, 27 July 2012

MAC Rubenesque Paint Pot...

Yep, its another paint pot. For someone who said they weren't sure about these, I'm starting to get quite a collection.

Rubenesque is quite different from the other paint pots I have. Firstly the texture of this is much creamier and it feels almost thinner. It's definitely less sticky feeling than the others which means that it if you have oily eyelids it maybe wouldn't be as effective if you want to use it as an eyeshadow base. For me, it does work but  I wouldn't wear this by itself, if its not set with an eyeshadow, it does crease very quickly and easily.

The finish of this is also different, its very shiny and shimmery. I'm not sure if this is what makes it less effective at staying on the eyes as the finish and consistency seem to go hand in hand. 

Rubenesque is a very orange toned gold colour. Personally, its maybe a little too orange for me to get away with given my ghost like complexion. Given that I always layer shadows over the top of this, that doesn't matter that much though. It's also very sheer which makes it more wearable for me.

I particularly like wearing this along with Half Baked and Smog from my Naked Palette. I feel that it makes the shimmer in Half Baked appear even stronger which, given my love for shimmer shadows, I love.

Jill x

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

A little Glitter...

Just a short little post today with a current favourite nail combination of mine

I've really taken to the look I get when I layer Models Own hedkandi Ibiz Mix & Juicy Jules over Illamasqua Wink. 

Wink is one of my favourite polishes, I just love the colour and I really like the effect these glitters give when layered.

What I will say though is that while Juicy Jules can be taken off with relative ease, Ibiza Mix is another story completely. I also really love Ibiza Mix layered over Essie Mint Candy Apple but from that experience I learned just how damn difficult it is to take off, and by difficult I mean half an hour plus to take them off and countless amounts of nail polish remover...really not a good time but its so pretty!

Jill x

Monday, 23 July 2012

Lovesick Revlon Kissable Balm Stain...

After posting about the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains at the weekend, I just couldn't resist stopping in at Boots to have another look at the different colours and, of course, I picked up this little beauty.

This time, I picked up the one in Lovesick which is a gorgeous bright pink. And when I say bright...I mean bright...this bad boy is practically fluorescent!

The texture and consistency of this little "crayon" is the same as the one in Honey. It is slightly sticky at first but very smooth to put on and it doesn't drag on my lips. This colour on me is a bright bright pink but it appears to have slightly more purple in it when I wear it on my lips as opposed to a swatch. I have actually read online that others found these didn't look the same on their lips as it did when they swatched it. For me, it is different but only very slightly.

yeah, my lipstick clashes with my top...what about it?

Also, unlike Honey, this does stain my lips. It lasts a good 3-4 hours before the glossy look properly wears off and what is left is a pink stain that, while not as glossy or "lipstick looking" as the product is when its first applied, it is still very bright.

Now, when I say it stains my lips, I mean it REALLY stains my lips. As in my fool proof makeup remover wouldn't take the colour away, makeup wipes wouldn't do it, and even soap struggled. It did eventually come off but I was left with a stain on my lips for about a day after using this so be warned...this really does what it says on the tin.

The picture below is of the swatch above and I just rubbed it quite a few times to see if it would come off. It wouldnt, this does act like a lip stain, something that I didn't really find with Honey.

These are still on offer from Boots for £5.99 so if you're interested in picking any of these up, take advantage of that price while you can.

Jill x

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Essie In Stitches...

Just a quick little post today about this nail polish by Essie - In Stitches.

I'm not sure how to describe this colour...a dusky pink...a dark rose...a reddy pink...I dunno, what I do know is that I really like it! I think this is a polish i'm going to get a lot of wear out of in the autumn. 

Jill x

Saturday, 21 July 2012

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow...

I recently picked up MAC eyeshadow in Satin Taupe. As the name suggests this is a gorgeous taupe colour. I love how in certain lights it has an almost purple iridescent glow about it. Since this is a frost shadow it has the most lovely sheen without being too over the top.

I really love using this in conjunction with my Stila Kitten eyeshadow to create a smokey eye. Its also quite a versatile colour which can be used for a simple day look or easily built up to make a more dramatic look. As you would expect, the pigmentation is excellent with this.

I also love how easily blendable this colour is. Much like MAC Sumptuous Olive eyeshadow I find that the more I blend this colour, the more brown tones come through.

I picked up a few MAC eyeshadows recently but I think this is definitely my favourite. It's a great all round colour and I honestly don't think I own anything thats quite like it.

Jill x

Friday, 20 July 2012

A Great Contour Colour for Pale Skin...

I have really pale skin and so one of the hardest things to find is a good contour colour. To give you a frame of reference, I'm usually always the palest foundation colour, in fact, sometimes the palest colour is too dark for me. I very rarely use bronzer and when I do I have to be really careful as it ends up looking orange on me very very easily. With that in mind, using a bronzer to contour is a definite no no, unless I want orange stripy cheeks. Enter NYX powder blush in Taupe.

As you can see from the state of it, this isn't exactly a new product for me. I've actually had it for a couple of months and I love it. Before I found this, I didn't bother much with contouring, simply because any colour I tried seemed to be either too dark or too orange on me.

I think this is the perfect contour colour for pale skin. It is a cool toned taupe colour that blends really easily. It is well pigmented without being too dark and it's easy to control how much colour you get from the product. 

I love this and I will definitely re-purchase. It has quickly become a staple in my every day makeup routine and now, I don't know how I didn't bother contouring before. The difference that an appropriate product can make is unbelievable.

NYX powder blushes cost £5.50 each and I got this through the NYX Cosmetics UK Website.

Jill x

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Back To The Fuchsia...

I've become obsessed with lip glosses recently...well more obsessed than usual that is. One of my current obsessions is this little beauty by Benefit.

As soon as I saw this at the Benefit counter I knew it had to be mine. Back To The Fuchsia is one of the Ultra Shine lip glosses and this little baby is true to that name!

Back To The Fuchsia is a gorgeous bright pink with micro glitter through it. It is so shiny and sparkly and when I first saw it, I just fell in love. The colour of this is so vibrant and I was so pleased to see that it didn't sacrifice colour pay off for shine - all too often, super shiny lip glosses are shiny but not that well pigmented. I also really like that though there is a lot of glitter, it is super micro fine.

I also really like that this comes with a brush applicator as opposed to the usual foam one. I feel that this makes it easier when layering this on top of lipstick. I really like this over lipstick too, it's great at adding another dimension to it.

Check out that sparkly shine! The formula of this is great as well. Its smooth and not sticky at all. I will definitely be picking up some more of these. 

These cost £14 and I got mine at Debenhams.

Jill x

Monday, 16 July 2012

I Love MAC Sheen Supreme...

Bare Again is one of MACs Sheen Supreme Lipsticks. As you can see from the picture above, the packaging is different from the usual MAC lipsticks. These don't come in the usual bullet shaped containers and, I actually prefer this. I think these look like the regular MAC lipsticks sophisticated older sister.

Bare Again is the most lovely nude. I'm quite picky when it comes to nude lipsticks. I have a fear of getting concealer lips from lipsticks that are too pale or what one of my friends has so nicely called "shit lips" from lipsticks that are too brown. Luckily, this lovely nude has enough colour and pink in it to
avoid both those scenarios. It is definitely a brown based lipstick though but, against my skin tone, it is the perfect nude.

The formula of this lipstick is what makes it a true stand out product though. This is my first one of MACs Sheen Supremes so I can't comment on them all but this is such a smooth glossy pigmented lipstick. It is so lovely to wear. It isn't drying in the slightest and despite being so glossy, it isn't sticky. This lasts a good few hours too before it needs re-applied.

I love this so much that I will definitely be picking up a back up. These cost £14.50 from MAC counters, stores or online.

Jill x

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain...

I just couldn't resist picking up one of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains on a recent trip to boots. After hearing so much about these, I was interested to see if they lived up to the hype. I got one in the shade Honey.

The obvious comparison to make with these is with the Clinique Chubby Sticks but given that I don't own any of these, I can't comment on formula etc. From what I've seen though, packaging wise, they're pretty close.

This is a crayon style product that you wind up and I believe they're designed to be a long lasting, balm, gloss, lip stick hybrid.

I didn't find that this stains my lips, not really anyway, however, the lasting power of this is absolutely brilliant. I had it on the other day and it survived that ice cream I just had to eat and that was after wearing it for around 3 hours already.

I find that the finish of this is that of a glossy lipstick. Pigmentation is excellent, its far more pigmented than any balm i've ever come across. Initially, the formula was a little sticky on me which I didn't expect. This soon disappeared though and it wasn't enough to be off putting.

Honey is a lovely rosy pink colour. At a first glance it looks quite natural but it's actually quite a strong pink and its actually quite a lot stronger on my lips than in the swatch. 

I should also say that this product has the strangest smell. Not bad, but strange, kind of like mints and trees (if you can imagine that!)

Boots currently have an offer on for these where they cost £5.99 saving you £2. I do think that these are a bit over priced, something I think about all Revlon products though. Saying that, I do like this and the effect it gives on my lips.

Jill x

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Benefit Sugarbomb Lip Gloss...

When I saw that Benefit were launching lip glosses to match their boxed blushes, I have to say I was quite excited. I love the boxed blushes and would go so far to say they are my favourite blushes of all time. I knew I had to check the lip glosses out and I decided to pick up Sugarbomb.

Sugarbomb is my favourite of the boxed blushes and I really like this gloss as well. As you can see, the packaging is typically Benefit, cute and kitsch. I like that it comes in a squeezy tube, nothing special about that, I just quite like it. It's also less fiddly if you're on the go.

Its a lovely nude toned rosy pink with shimmer. The shimmer isn't so over powering that you can't wear it during the day but definitely stay away from this one if you don't like a shimmery gloss. The colour itself is pretty sheer which I was surprised by. In fact, I swatched all the shades at the Benefit counter I was at and they were all surprisingly sheer.

You can really see the shimmer in that second picture...lovely.

This gloss also smells AMAZING. Like fruity gummy sweets. The formula is smooth and non sticky too which is a bonus.

The only negative thing I have to say about this is that wear time isn't great. I found I had to reapply after maybe just over an hour which, for a gloss that costs £13.50 isn't that great. Despite that, I really like the way this looks and I'm really glad I picked it up. Given the poor lasting time and how sheer they are I doubt that I will pick up any more. I should never say never though!

Jill x