Sunday, 12 May 2013

MAC Lipstick in Coral Bliss...

Hello Dears,

I had a whole pile of empties that I recently back to mac-ed. If you dont know what Back To Mac is, its where you can take 6 empty mac products back to them and they will give you a free lipstick! Its really good. I actually had enough to get 3 lipsticks and this was one of the ones I chose.

Coral Bliss is an entirely appropriate name for this lipstick. Im not usually a fan of coral to be honest. I dont really like the colour orange in general but something drew me to this. Probably the fact that I was getting it for free so if I hated it, its not such a big deal!

However, I dont hate it, far from it. I actually love it. A lot. I think this will be one of my favourite summer lipsticks. Its a very pretty peachy coral that has a slight milky look to it. Now I know that might sound horrible but its not. Its actually very flattering on my super pale skin tone. It doesnt make me look any more washed out than I already am and its also doesnt make me look like a clown.

Look at it, its just so pretty! Im so surprised by how much I love this. I dont like to try to explain formulas of Mac lipsticks because, to be honest, I dont really know what i'm talking about but this is one of the Cremesheen lipsticks which appears to be my favourite formula. Its certainly the one I own the most of. Its very creamy and not at all drying on the lips. Its nicely pigmented and lasts well too. If you're thinking of trying out a coral lipstick but, like me aren't really sure where to start or are a bit afraid of them, this one is definitely worth a look.

Friday, 10 May 2013

NYX Powder Blush in Angel...

Hello Dears,

I have previously posted about my love for NYX products. I just think they're such amazing quality for an unbelievably low price. Along side their Mega Shine Lip glosses, some of my favourite NYX products are definitely their Powder Blushes. I've posted about 2 of my favourites before (you can read those posts HERE and HERE) and I love this blush just as much!

Angel is a very pretty peachy pink blush that is nice for days when you want to go for a slightly more natural look. It hasn't got any shimmer or glitter through it but it does have a slightly pearly finish to it which I think is just lovely.

The formula of this blush is amazing. Its very buttery soft to the touch and extremely pigmented. Like the other NYX blushes, a little goes a long way.

As you can see, it looks slightly darker and quite matte in the pan but you can see that gorgeous sheen in the swatch above.  On the cheeks it gives the prettiest flushed look. You don't really need a highlighter with this one. I still use one because I have a highlighter addiction but I like to pick a more subtle one, like my Stila Highlighting Duo in Kitten. The finish of this just looks quite glowy on the cheeks without being over the top. I've found it to be a great blush to use when I'm not sure what blush to use, if you know what I mean. Its got quite a natural tone to it that means it will go with any makeup look.

These blushes cost £5.50 (bargain!!) and are available in the UK from NYX Cosmetics UK

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Insta-Nails - Post 2...

Hello Dears,

So today its time for another little Insta-Nails post. Last week I dug out this little beauty...

(taken in daylight with no filter, just a frame from another app)

This is one of the speckled polishes that Illamasqua released this year with their I'mPerfection collection. This is the green one which is called Mottle. I love these polishes so much. Illamasqua polishes in general are excellent quality. They last for so long on the nails. I was wearing this from Wednesday to Monday with no chips. Thats pretty outstanding. 

I think these polishes are perfect for this time of year. They're all such pretty pastel colours and remind me of mini-eggs! They're something a bit different which I think is really lovely.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Dior 553 Princess...

Hello Dears,

So on Wednesday I did a post about some beauties I had recently picked up from Dior.  As I said in that post, Dior has recently released limited edition shades that you can pick up in a lipgloss, lipstick and nail polish. As well as Diablotine, I also picked up a couple of things in the shade 553 Princess.

Princess is probably the most appropriate name for these products isnt it? This time I only picked up the nail polish and Addict lipstick as I felt like I had more than enough baby pink glosses to last a lifetime.

Unlike with Diablotine, this time I went for the regular Dior Addict lipstick, not the Extreme version. This is a much more sheer formula and its also very very glossy. In saying that its sheer, its still got a nice amount of pigmentation to it, its just not completely opaque.

I think this is a really gorgeous easy to wear pink colour. Perfect for spring. Its colour makes it easy to wear, even if you're going for a really simple makeup look. Its very pretty. Its nice and moisturising but still lasts fairly well on the lips. I find I do have to touch up more frequently than with its Extreme counterpart but it still lasts a good few hours.

The nail polish is similarly pretty. Formula is excellent, its nice and thick and lasts around 5 days without chipping. This is shot through with the slightest of silver shimmers which you can see on the nails but it is very subtle. 

This is just a really pretty colour. Super girly and easy to wear with the excellent quality that you would expect from Dior. Really glad I picked these up.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Dior 643 Diablotine....

Hello Dears,

Today I have quite the post for you. The 3 products i'm going to feature have fast become current favourites of mine.

I recently picked up these products from Dior. They have recently released new Dior Addict lipsticks/glosses and included in this collection, they have released limited edition matching shades that you can get in the lipstick, lipgloss and nail polish. I've picked up a few things from this collection but by far my favourites are in the colour 643 Diablotine.

Look at that. Wow.

Diablotine is the most gorgeous bright coral colour. I mean what more can I say about it. Its just stunning. Even for me, who usually hates anything remotely coral or orange, I just love this. Its just so....juicy!!

I picked up the nail polish, Addict Extreme Lipstick and Addict Gloss.

The Addict Extreme lipsticks are a more intense formula than the regular Addict lipsticks, which provide more of a glossy sheer wash of colour. This gives you a depth of colour that is just stunning. It's still got a glossy finish (just not super glossy) and easily buildable to a very opaque finish, though you dont need to work very hard get a full coverage finish. The formula is very creamy and i've found it lasts my whole 8 hour working day. It has an almost stain like quality to it. I tend to touch up after lunch which for me is after approx 5 hours wear but with this lipstick, thats only to get the glossy finish back, not because the colours worn off.

The Addict Gloss simply gorgeous as well. Its a nice formula thats not sticky at all but lasts well on the lips. This is shot through with a golden glitter which I think just adds to its loveliness. Its not too glitter ball-esque either. The coverage isnt sheer but it isnt fully opaque either.  

The nail polish is the same colour and is very bright and intense. Perfect for summer. In fact, all 3 of these remind me of summer and being somewhere warm. I just feel happy when I wear them!

This nail polish also has a shimmer through it but this time its a pale pink. It is very slight as well, hardy noticeable as a shimmer on the nails but it does add an extra dimension to the polish. I also like that depending on the light you're in, this polish can look either intensely coral or have more of a red/pink tone to it. The finish is also super SUPER glossy. In the pictures below, I have no top coat on.

I'm so glad I picked these up. This shade isnt something i'd normally gravitate towards but i'm loving this so much I think I judged Corals too harshly!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Sleek Powder Blush in Mirrored Pink...

Hello Dears,

I was in Superdrug recently and had myself a little swatch-a-thon. One of the things that caught my eye was this little beauty from Sleek.

I have a couple of Sleek blushes and I love them (one of which is reviewed here). The pigmentation is outstanding and I generally love the finishes and lasting power. This is no exception.

Mirrored Pink is part of the Aqua Collection which was recently released which takes its inspiration from all things aquatic. The one thing that really caught my eye was this blush and i'm so glad I picked it up.

This is a gorgeous cool toned rosy pink. If you like Rose Gold blush, you'll more than likely love this. On my pale skin, I find the colour of this suits me more than Rose Gold which is much more warm toned.

Its the finish of this that makes it really outstanding. It's shot through with a silver shimmer. It's not glittery though, it just gives a really lovely sheen. I love highlighters with a passion and usually always wear one...not with this blush though, I just dont need it, the sheen from this is enough.

This blush is extremely pigmented as well. A very VERY light hand is needed with this. I think it would be quite easy to go overboard with this one but if used lightly, its really gorgeous.

I can also get 7-8 hours wear time from it and I have combo/oily skin. The fact that this only costs £4.49 is also amazing. Its just such a great price for such an outstanding product. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Tea Rose...

Hello Dears,

I recently picked up a few things from NYX Cosmetics. I love NYX, I'm always impressed with the quality of the products as, lets be honest, quite often, when products dont cost much, the quality isnt that great. Thats not the case with NYX though.

I picked up a few of their their Mega Shine Lip Glosses, one of which is in the shade Tea Rose

Let me start by saying, I have quite a few of these glosses and I LOVE them. I love everything about them. I love the fake cherry sweetie smell, I love the glossy formula, I love the wear time. The packaging. EVERYTHING.

Quite often I find the names of NYX products dont really fit with the colour of the product (their Beige Mega Shine Lip Gloss thats anything but beige coloured is a quite famous example) but in this case, Tea Rose is quite an appropriate name. This is a lovely, easy to wear rosy pink. Unlike some of the other NYX lip glosses that I have (one of which is reviewed here), it doesn't have any shimmer, making it a good option of you want to try one of these glosses but aren't a fan of glitter.

I find that while its not the most opaque lipgloss, its still got quite a lot of pigmentation, making it easy to wear on its own without a lipstick and still get a nice amount of colour.

This is just a great, every day pink colour. I think it suits my Snow White pale skin and doesnt wash me out or make me look like a clown. 

I also get about 4 hours wear time from this. It will survive a cup of tea but not an apple. The formula is lovely, its not sticky at all but doesn't slide around on the lips. It's just lovely.

If you live in the UK, you can get these here and they only cost £7. Bargain for such a great product!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sigma Eyeshadow Base Kit in Flare...

Hello Dears,

If you're anything like me and you watch a lot of American beauty YouTubers, you'll no doubt have seen all the positive reviews for Sigma makeup brushes. 

Unfortunately, Sigma isn't a brand we can get in shops in the UK, actually, I wasn't sure we could get them in the uk at all, without inflated shipping prices that is. Well, I recently found them on Beauty Chamber and I was so beyond pleased that, naturally, I picked up one or two things (or three or four things...). 

One thing I picked up was this eyeshadow base kit in Flare

I had seen a few youtube videos about Sigmas cream eyeshadow bases and I was intrigued. You can buy these separately or as a part of kits, each of which contains 3 cream eyeshadow bases and one base shadow brush.

The little brush that comes with the kit is excellent for applying the shadows. Its a nice shape and very soft against the eye.

The shadows themselves are housed in round plastic containers. Upon first looking, I thought they were glass. The plastic doesn't feel cheap and also feels quite sturdy.

One thing I really like about these is that, unlike other cream shadows i've tried, these each have a stopper on them which should (hopefully) prevent them from drying out quite as quickly as some other creams do.

The 3 colours that come with the Flare pack are Provoke, Pursue and Spy

Provoke is a peachy flesh toned colour that acts brilliantly as a neutral base for any eyeshadow colour. I was looking for a new eyeshadow base and I like this so much, it may actually take over from my Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Eyeshadow Base as my absolute favourite.

(please excuse the big finger mark in this, I couldnt wait to play!)

Pursue is a gorgeous plummy purple colour. I've really been loving using purple on the eyes recently and this is no exception. It can easily be sheered out to give more of a wash of colour and is so easily buildable to a more intense finish

Spy is what really drew me to this palette. This colour is a pretty good dupe for Mac Club eyeshadow. Its a gorgeous khaki green brown with a green duo chrome look to it. I've also been obsessing over green eyes, particularly the more dark, khaki colours. I think its lovely for something different.

The pictures above show Spy on the left and Club swatched on the right. You can see, they're pretty close.

The overall quality of these is outstanding. They are very creamy and extremely pigmented. I've found I hardly have to use any product to get a very pigmented look. They dry quite quickly on the eye but i've not found this an issue when trying to blend. Once these babys set, they're set for the whole day.

Left to Right - Provoke, Pursue & Spy

As the name suggests, these are eyeshadow bases, designed to be used under eyeshadow and for this purpose, they work extremely well. My shadow grips on to them and I can honestly say that after having my makeup on at work for over 12 hours, I had absolutely no creasing, which, on my sensitive, watery eyes, is damn close to a miracle. The colours were also just as vibrant at the end of the day as they were when I put them on in the morning.

On their own, these fare just as well. I find they have slightly started to crease at the 12 hour wear mark if not set by a shadow, but its only slight and again, the colours were just as vibrant as they were when first applied.

All in all, 10 out of 10 for these shadows from Sigma. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone who is looking for new eyeshadow bases or cream shadows or even people who have issues with their eyeshadow creasing. 

This kit cost me £31.50 which isn't cheap but these are a definite winner for me and worth every penny.