I was excited to see bareMinerals launch a line of matte liquid lipsticks, not only do I really love a matte finish and a liquid lipstick but with such a good range of colours (10), I was optimistic I would find a nude that would suit me. I searched for swatches online and decided upon Swag.
The Gen Nude collection is quite large and also includes Gen Nude Buttercream Lipglosses as well as Gen Nude Under Over Lip Liners, but I actually opted for a bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in the shade “Thrilled”. I suspect, but don’t quote me on it, that these are being discontinued, but they are currently still available on lots of sites. I opted for this as I was able to find decent swatches whereas with the new Gen Nude lip liners, I couldn’t be sure what I was buying would match my Matte Liquid Lipcolour.
When I compared the liner and Lipcolour in swatches, they didn’t seem like a good enough match but actually on my lips they work perfectly together, and the Thrilled lip liner actually works with quite a lot of my existing products. Otherwise though, I don’t find it remarkable, in fact it feels a little draggy when I apply it, but it does do the job and I’m using it almost daily. The twist up mechanism is good, but I do feel like I am flying through the product and maybe a pencil would have been better value for money in the long run.
Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in Thrilled Left and Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag, Right:
Swag is the most perfect lipstick I’ve ever owned. Honestly I’m not exaggerating! Firstly, I adore the colour, it is my perfect everyday shade and the formula is amazing. It goes on smoothly and feels creamy on application, but it dries quickly and it does so without sucking the moisture out of my lips. This is important because I can be a bit prone to dry lips in the first place, but this doesn’t make it worse in anyway, once it’s dried I cannot feel it on my lips at all. I also find the wear time on this is amazing, if I apply at 8am it will still be visible at tea time, with the only exception to this being if I’ve eaten something greasy. Otherwise, while it does fade, it fades evenly and very slowly. I will definitely need more of these in my life.
I bought both of these products from Escentual, with my own money, because at the time of purchasing, and at the time of writing, the products are on offer. The Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolors are £14.45 (RRP £17) and the Marvelous Moxie Lip Liner is £11.05 (RRP £13).
I love bagsy Beauty, the products are just so lovely and the concept is also great, so it’s great to hear about a new collection from them, namely the Savannah Miller X bagsy Collection.
Packaging perfection as always with this brand! Savannah Miller is a fashion designer who worked with both Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson but who now has her own collection, Nine by Savannah Miller, which you can find in Debenhams.
The collection is small, perfectly formed and stylish, with each product housed in black glossy casing with embossed lettering.
First, the Intensifying Ink Liquid Eyeliner (£15)
For me this is a dream. I struggle with liner thanks to my age and hooded lids. No matter what I use, what promises it makes, it always always transfers to my upper lid in time. This does not. It is also one of my favourites to use, it just works for me really well allowing me to draw near perfect lines (I still suck at liner, the fault there is me, not my products!). I also really love that the bib is reversible, so if yours starts to look a bit battered, you can turn it round! It dries really fast, and doesn’t budge. Great stuff and definitely recommend.
Dawn to Dusk Eyeshadow Palette (£24)
The Dawn to Dusk Eyeshadow Palette is a great palette. The shades vary in finish, there’s mattes, shimmers and satins meaning it truly does work for day and night. Honestly it’s hard to say why I’m so fond of this palette, the shadows aren’t as pigmented as other leading brands, and I think the price is a little high, but regardless, I wear this every single day. I think it’s partly to do with the colour selection which is great, as well as the fact that they combine really well to create a really beautiful look, and they are really blendable. There’s a handy little brush included, which is adequate, and its a really great product for the handbag. Every shade is wearable. It’s not a must-have but it’s definitely a lovely-to-have. Swatches at the bottom of the post.
Finally, Vermillion Lipstick (£16)
DREAMY! I can’t even tell you how much I love this moisturising lipstick. It’s got a satin-matte finish, meaning it’s slightly more forgiving than a straight up matte. The colour, the colour is just perfection. There’s not much more to say… just look! (I’m also wearing the Intensifying Ink Liquid Eyeliner).
So not shown in my post is the beautiful looking Bronzed Brilliance Shimmer Bronzer (£20), the Pitch Black Mascara (£18) and the stunningly packaged Glamour Tease Hair Texture Spray (£8). A really lovely collection and I’d be thrilled to have any piece of this collection in my (non existent!) Christmas Stocking! And don’t forget the lovely little quotes on each piece…
The whole collection is available now on the bagsy Website, go check it out!
*Products Received Free of Charge for review Purposes
New Shinies!!!! Today I’ve got a few of the new Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks to blog about but before I start I just need to apologise for the radio silence. Life here just got really crazy and I haven’t had any time for blogging at all! This has meant that this blog post is much later than planned sadly and the Vice Lipstick collection actually launched last month! I’m so sorry!
Anyway, the Vice Lipstick collection is huge news. The collection contains 100 lipsticks in six finishes. Mega Matte, Comfort Matte, Cream, Metallized, Sheer and Sheer Shimmer. This is has got to be the biggest lipstick collection ever hasn’t it? And there is most definitely something for everyone. At £15 each, these feel like absolute luxury thanks to the metallic cases that close with a really good click.
I’ve got five shades to share with you today, from left to right is Big Bang, 714, Backtalk, Firebird and Pandemonium.
Swatches in the same order:
Starting with Big Bang.
Big bang is a metallized finish. And it really does look metallic, what this actually is is glitter though, lots and lots of glitter and as your lipstick wears away, you’ll be left with very sparkly lips indeed. Its a bit much for the school run but the colour is absolutely beautiful and the effect is gorgeous, especially for someone much younger than me! Despite the huge amounts of glitter in this shade, it feels smooth and not at all gritty.
Next is 714.
714 is a Mega Matte finish. The colour is glorious, and incredibly bright red that is extremely comfortable to wear. It applies easily and wears for quite literally hours and hours. Just gorgeous and very striking.
Next we have Backtalk.
Backtalk is a Comfort Matte finish in a mauvey nude shade. The finish is satin-y and applies beautifully! So creamy and smooth and a beautiful everyday shade. Despite being a nude shade, its a little bit different, perhaps because of it’s matte finish. Very comfortable and wearable.
Next is Firebird.
What a colour! Firebird is a vivid fuchsia, with blue tones and a very subtle pearl effect. Officially the pearl is fuchsia, but I definitely see something purpley/blue in there and its gorgeous. Wears really well (like all of these), applies like a dream, looks gorgeous, what’s not to love?!
Finally is Pandemonium.
Pandemonium is a red toned purple in a Mega Matte finish. While I absolutely love this shade, it was the most tricky to work with and a bit patchy to apply, I had to go over my lips several times and I still didn’t feel it was fully opaque all over. However I was happy with the finished result and I would still happily wear, I just think its a worth mentioning as compared to 714 (also a Mega Matte finish) this is much drier. Beautiful shade though!
So that’s a quick look at just a few of the Vice Lipsticks, there are of course 95 more shades to finish and I’ve managed to create a wishlist of about 6 must-haves with another 20 would-like-to-haves!
I think at £15 a pop I could get one a month easily! Beautiful lipsticks and just so exciting for lipstick and Urban Decay fans. Do be sure to head to your local counter or have a browse of the range online here, the colour range will blow your mind!
If you’ve already purchased any of these, let me know which shades you got so I can check them out!
*Products received free of charge for review purposes.
OMG! This is about as exciting as make up gets for me. Today I’m blogging about the Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass collection. The collection includes five limited edition lipsticks, as well as an eyeshadow palette.
I can’t actually believe that the original Alice in Wonderland palette was five years ago, I blogged about that palette at the time, but appear to have lost the post in my blog move. The original Alice palette was a big deal, it sold out almost immediately and it was beautiful. The Alice Through the Looking Glass products are equally beautiful and are inspired by the film release of Alice Through the Looking Glass which is released next week.
I’m going to start by showing you the eyeshadow palette (£45). It’s truly a thing of beauty. I should say tight now this post is going to be picture heavy. I think for now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
So, what you have is the most stunning palette, housing 20 all new shades of eyeshadow and a double ended brush. The box itself is a work of art decorated in a kaleidoscopic pattern and Alice quotes. Once you lift the lid you’re greeted with a mirror and two doors, lift the doors and find a beautiful butterfly who’s wings flap as you move the doors, it’s truly beautiful. When you pull out the draw, you’ll find a brush and the twenty eyeshadows.
The eyeshadows are in a variety of finishes and shades from smooth buttery matte, to glitter to satin and a few in between. It’s truly gorgeous.
Now for swatches, two photos in two different lights, each swatch has been done over Urban Decay Primer Potion, and in rows, from Left to Right. Looking Glass, Hatter, Lily, Heads Will Roll, Time, Reflection, Gone Mad, Duchess, Bandersnatch, Dream On, Dormouse, Paradox, Salazen Grum, Chronosphere, Metamorphosis, Cake, Chessboard, Royal Flush and Mirror.
This is one seriously beautiful palette that more than lives up to the hype, grab it if you can!
Moving on to the lipsticks, these are £16 each and amazing, I love them more than the eyeshadow palette if that’s even possible.
Left to Right for both of the next pictures. Mirana, Mad Hatter, Alice, Time ad Iracebeth.
It’s not until you see these on that you really see their beauty so I’ll comment on each shade.
I loooove this shade. Mad Hatter is a bright purple with shimmer. I think the shimmer is slightly blue-y, but it’s truly lovely. I love purple lipsticks anyway, they are great for when you want to be slightly unconventional but aren’t brave enough to go for one of the more unusual shades!
Alice is one of my favourites and the most wearable. It’s also one of the hardest to photograph. It’s a sheer nude, and really pretty as shown above, but what the swatch and the picture above don’t show is that it has a pink shift. The pink shift is nigh on impossible to photograph but it’s GORGEOUS, and as your nude fades through wear, the pink shift becomes more and more apparent. Truly a gorgeous shade This is the best photo I managed to get of the shift.
Time is the shade I was most worried about wearing, I never thought I could wear a blue lipstick, but this is really special. It’s a gunmetal navy with silver shimmer, the shimmer is not apparent in my opinion, it wears more as slightly metallic. That’s a good think. This is gorgeous!
Finally we have Iracebeth.
The lipsticks from this Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass collection are all amazing, I can’t think of a bad word to say about them. What a treat!
So there we have it, a not-so-quick look at the new collection. If you’re tempted by anything you’ve seen, I’d get on and shop really quickly as I predict a sell out!
The Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass collection is available from Urban Decay Online as well as from counters nationwide.
*Products received free of charge for review purposes
Looks like Clarins are on a roll in 2006, after my post last week showing a couple of bits from the new Spring collection, I’m thrilled to share with you a few more new products. Meet the new Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks and Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base.
The Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base is a transparent balm in essence, but this isn’t your average lip balm. Essentially its purpose it smooth and soften the lips, evening out lines and helping your lipstick to stay in place for longer. It’s quite honestly a little tube of magic. It goes on clear and feels very comfortable and not at all greasy (my pet hate, greasy lips!) and it does indeed make my lips feel smooth and lovely. When combined with the Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks it does indeed increase longevity and I see no reason why it wouldn’t apply to any brand of lipstick. I think, and I will try this out, that it would be amazing under liquid matte lipsticks for comfort, while keeping the finish matte.
Next up, the Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks. £20 each.
Clarins lipsticks are totally amazing. They can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve tried the Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks before, and they are just very lovely. The difference with this new launch is that they have been reformulated, and now have more moisture, finer pearl particles and new shades.
What’s lovely about these lipsticks is that they glow, the pearl particles seem to give light, the colour is sheer and radiant and the finish is moisturising and comfortable. They are just lovely.
Left to Right is Guava, Fig and Cherry.
The tip of each lipstick is designed to make application a breeze and they are not only beautifully scented, but flavoured too. I suppose for some this may be off putting so it is something to bear in mind, but I personally love the scent, it’s red berries, light and fruity.
Here are some slightly embarrassing (for a variety of reasons) photos of each colour being worn.
First is Guava, a lovely peachy pink.
All the products are beautiful and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of them. The shades are beautiful and wearable and very comfortable to wear. I much prefer to wear softer, sheerer finishes so these are right up my street, and the Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base is brilliant, having tried these on yesterday, with the base, the last shade I tried, Cherry, was still in evidence at teatime.
Both the new Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks and the Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base are available now from Clarins counters and Clarins online.
*All items received free of charge for review purposes.
I’ve said many times how much I love Clarins cosmetics, I think they are one of the best quality brands available and hugely underrated. I’ve got a couple of pieces from the new Spring Collection, Instant Glow to show you today.
The collection promises brightening, and radiant shades, taking you from the icy hues of winter into a bright blossoming Spring.
The first item I received to review is one of new shades of Ombre Iridescent (there are four new shades) in shade Silver Ivory (£19)
I’ve blogged about the Clarins Ombre Iridescent twice before and they are beautiful. They are a cream to powder formula, and apply like a cream and dry to a powder finish, they wear well and look beautiful. Silver Ivory is to my eyes, quite gold, but it’s a glorious cool gold with a gorgeous finish. Swatches further down the page. They are not glittery, they are not even shimmery, they just have a lovely iridescent finish.
The other item I received is the Rouge Eclat Age-Defying Lipstick in Hot Rose (£19.50)
I have more Clarins lipsticks than any other brand, they are without fail, exceptional. I found this shade a bit alarming for me but its actually a real treat. Its a beautiful finish and a beautiful colour and not quite as vibrant as it appears in the tube. Its incredibly wearable and perfect for Spring.
Swatches of the two products are shown below. I’ve included a couple of pictures to capture the depth of the finishes.
There are some lovely products in the collection, including two new Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors which I love and I’ve reviewed other shades here as well as a gorgeous eyeshadow palette and a new Multi-Blush Shade.
The Clarins Instant Glow Spring Collection launches on the 10th January 2016 from Clarins counters and online
*Products received free of charge for review purposes.
I loved the look of the Mac Ellie Goulding collection when I first saw it floating around on the internet. I remember thinking it was sure to be an absolute sell out with its pinky/peachy/nude tones, but apparently I was wrong, as far as I can see the whole collection is still in stock. I don’t understand why because it’s beautiful. I spent a my Christmas vouchers on a few products from the range so here is my Mac Ellie Goulding review and swatches.
First a word about the packaging, the Ellie Goulding Logo is embossed in gold on shiny black packaging which is replicated in the exterior packaging, which is beautifully line in a metallic rose gold shade, matching the peachy shades in the collection beautifully.
I picked up three pieces, but easily could have grabbed more. There are two palettes available, Halcyon Days and Halcyon Nights (£39.50 each). The Halcyon Days Palette is primarily cream products, so I opted for the Halcyon Nights Palette which houses four eye shadows and one Cream Colour Base.
The Cream Colour Base, This Love, is a pinky orange pearl, which in the pan looks like it will be difficult to wear, but as you will see in the swatches, it’s actually a sheer, wearable highlighter. Cream Colour Bases can be used in multiple ways. They can be worn sheerly or built up for dramatic looks and can be worn on eyes or cheeks, on bare skin and even over foundation and/or powder.
The eye shadows in the palette are in a variety of finishes… Starry Eyed is a cream high pearl finish, actually its not shimmery, it’s glittery, but much like the Bobbi Brown Sparkle eyeshadows its a grown up sparkle. There is fall out, but it wasn’t too bad, and swept away quickly and easily leaving no residue. Next is top right shadow, You My Everything, a mid tone peachy brown, which is a matte finish, bottom left is Saddle, a golden orange brown, also a matte finish, and finally, bottom right is Hanging On, a muted plum brown with a satin finish.
Swatches are Starry Eyed, You My Everything, Saddle, Hanging On and This Love Cream Colour Base.
Next I purchased the Powder Blush Duo in I’ll Hold My Breath, which was £23.
While this is expensive at £23, you must take into account the fact that it’s huge, the box it came in is larger than the Halcyon Nights palette. It’s 12.3g, thats more than twice the size of a normal Mac blusher which retails at £18.50. While I love the Halcyon Nights palette, its this product that’s my favourite. It’s a lovely mirrored compact, and embossed with the Ellie Goulding logo, and has is split in two unequal parts, the larger is a matte, medium toned bronzer, with a pearly peach pink blusher. When blended together it looks beautiful, but you can of course pick out each shade and use them as you see fit. Swatches are further down the page.
Finally I picked up one of the lipsticks from the collection, Only You (£17).
Officially I believe this is a mid tone muted coral. To me its a warm, mid toned pink and its the perfect every day colour. I don’t love cremesheen finishes, but this is surprisingly comfortable to wear, but doesn’t last terribly long on my lips, I’m more than happy to whip this beautiful product out in public though to reapply. It really is a beautiful lipstick and complements the rest of the items in the range perfectly.
Swatches, I’ll Hold My Breath Bronzer, I’ll Hold my Breath Blusher and Only You Lipstick.
All in all I’m delighted with my purchases, they all create a soft day look which you can really ramp up with shimmer and shine for evenings if you want. I’d like to go back for the pink Lustre Drops which look beautiful, as well as perhaps, one of the Patentpolish Lip Pencils.
As I say, the collection looks like its all fully instock, so go shopping, would highly recommend.
I purchased all my items from Mac Online.
I can’t remember quite where I first saw the Mac Dark Desires collection, but I knew that I needed it in my life, and this feeling increased with each swatch or review I saw. Sadly, the old budget put something of a dampener on my shopping plans so I ended up with just three pieces.
I bought all my products from Mac Online, so it was nice to receive a couple of samples with my order, firstly of the Skin Base Primer and secondly the Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara.
Onto the Dark Desires Products, starting with the Lipstick. I picked up Boyfriend Stealer which is a blackened plum shade, in a cremesheen finish. Actually I don’t like cremesheen finishes generally speaking, but I knew that if was going to wear this colour, it couldn’t be too opaque, so this finish is ideal. One swipe gets me my ideal coverage for a shade like this, but it can be built up for greater impact.
Which leads me neatly onto the Into the Well eyeshadows.
These eyeshadows offer a little well in the centre, the reason being, you can use the centre like an inkwell with a wet brush. These were released in five shades and I wanted all of them, there’s also a darkest blue, darkest brown and a black, and it took me two days to choose the shades I was going to get. I’m happy with my choices but I still want the others.
Okay starting with the Mac Dark Desires Into the Well Shadow.
I also picked up What’s Your Fantasy.
Before I purchased, I read reviews about these not being especially amazing when used dry. I think they are just fine, they are obviously nothing like as pigmented dry, as they are wet, but that suits me just fine and is actually the whole reason I wanted them. I don’t find them patchy, and they blend very well, but the reason I was so taken with the idea of these is that you can apply them dry as a single wash of dark smokey colour, and then line using the same product wet. And I have to say they work brilliantly. My eyeshadow skills aren’t brilliant so I won’t show you but hopefully my swatches below will give a good idea of how they work. Dark Desires is a stunning colour, but What’s your Fantasy is glorious, both are amazing wet and so brilliantly easy to use. They make the most incredibly eye liners, my only tip would be to wear a primer, as I did get some transfer to my upper eyelid without it. The lines themselves though stayed put all day.
Anyway, swatches, left is Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick, Dark Desires Into the Well Eyeshadow dry, then wet, and finally What’s your Fantasy dry, then wet.
The bad news is that none of these products are available online any more. However, most of the eyeshadows are available from Debenhams online and it is most definitely worth checking your local Mac stores/counters as my local was quite well stocked.
A really lovely collection, one of the nicest I’ve seen from Mac in a long time!
I’ve had my eye on the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick range for ages. Loving matte lips and looking for a replacement for another brands matte liquid lipsticks, these were very much on my radar and I’ve never heard a bad word about them. If you love to experiment with colour the range is incredible, but it wasn’t until his recently released Christmas collection that I took the plunge and ordered Androgyny a beautiful matte plum mauve shade. I’ll warn you now, this is limited edition and so far as I’m aware is no longer available in the UK, I could be wrong. I purchased mine from Cocktail Cosmetics who are, I think, the only UK stockist of Jeffree Star’s line. It is however still available from Jeffree Star’s site http://www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com/, where international shipping is $10.95 (watch out for customs charges!).
While you can’t easily buy the shade I’m reviewing, you can take this as a review of the formula in general!
The packaging, both exterior and interior, is beautiful. This white version is just for the holiday collection, but otherwise it is the same for standard products, but pink!
And tucked within is is Androgyny. Again, I love the packaging.
Below isn’t a great photo, if you look at my skin colour it’s off, but the lip colour is near on perfect and it shows the finish really well.
Honestly this is perfection. It’s really easy to apply. I’ve had issues with some liquid lipsticks and doe foot applicators not being accurate. This goes on very easily. The shade is beautiful. While it is matte, its not completely flat, it isn’t quite satin, but somewhere between matte and satin. Most impressively this doesn’t suck the moisture out of your lips. I had a slight panic as it dried down, it felt a bit odd, but once dry it felt great, could hardly feel it on.
The wear time on this is AMAZING. It lasts for hours and hours without budging or smearing. I applied as soon as the post man delivered it yesterday morning, I noticed fading only at 7pm when I looked in the mirror after my dinner. Very impressive.
First thing Chloe said when I picker her up from school yesterday was “I love your lipstick” and she’s not the only one, I love it too! I will most definitely pick up more of these at some point, the application and wear time is perfect.
I paid £14.00 for mine, and while you can’t get this shade, definitely do go and check them out using the links above!
I have so much make up, its partly passion and its partly just down to being a blogger, but one thing is for sure, as I try new things so often and find new favourites, old favourites get left behind, tucked away in my make up drawers. Today I decided to trawl through my collection and dig out a few old favourites for today’s look, which I wanted to be light and natural and quick (school runs really eat into my beautifying routine!).
Here’s what I dug out.
I did review this on my old blog but sadly the post has been lost somewhere along the way but I love this foundation. It’s been replaced by other foundations I like slightly more, but this is still a great foundation. It’s watery and thin to apply, it looks like it offers no coverage whatsoever, but when you apply it the finished effect is great. Coverage is as heavy as you want it, you can have it sheer, or build it up more for a heavier finish, I like it somewhere in the middle but love that it magically allows my skin to show through but still evens my skin tone and overs coverage for small blemishes (not that I’d ever skip concealer), but this is great stuff. It’s £14.50 and I would definitely recommend.
Next I dragged out the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Lovely Honey.
You can see my original post on these beautiful lipsticks here. These are beautiful sheer lipsticks that offer a sheer tint of colour and a beautiful moisturising balm like texture. The depth of colour depends on the shade worn and the colour of your lips, and I love how they moisturise without feeling greasy, I can’t bear a greasy feeling lipstick. Lovely Honey is a really natural pink shade on me. Beautiful. It looks like Black Honey is the only shade still available which is real shame but it is also lovely. They are £18 each.
Next is Bourjois Volume One Seconde Mascara.
My original post on this mascara is here, and you’ll see that I absolutely loved it but even then I was aware that things change! I do have a new favourite but I decided to drag this out of its home this morning and try it out and of course I remember why I loved it so much. Its a great, black mascara at a reasonable price and it makes my lashes look great. It’s £9.99.
Finally, I dug out the Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush in Candy.
The Clarins Multi-blush Cream Blushers are really magic. When you rub a finger into the pan, it feels like powder almost, and as though you are not picking up any product, but of course you are, and the same goes for application, it feels like applying nothing, you can blend them in with the lightest of touches for a lovely flush of colour. Candy is a lovely pink shade. They are £18.50 and lovely for days where you don’t wear finishing powder, although I must add they work very well on top of powder too.
Here’s how I look today, nothing exciting, but it has been lovely to dig out some old favourites! I must try to do it more often!