Beauty Scrapbook: the Marie Claire shade page and my experiences

Page 257

Page 257

We’ve all been there. Looking for “the one”; that perfect shade of red lipstick, grey nail polish or golden toned foundation. I know my first stop is a brand I already use but if they don’t have what I want, what do I do then?

It happened to me the other day. I wanted a pillar-box red gloss stain and I was sure I’d find one at the YSL counter, having already purchased the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres in 107 Naughty Mauve. They didn’t quite do the shade I wanted with the right amount of blue, the super high gloss and the strong pigment. They had lots of other gorgeous shades that I will buy (uh oh!) but not “the one”. I didn’t know where else to go so I ended up wearing matte red lips that night, being slightly disappointed inside.

When I finally got around to reading the April 2015 Marie Claire and spotted page 257, I knew it would go straight into my beauty scrapbook!

It highlights some brands with large ranges and I put some to the test to find my shades:

Marie Claire says NARS does 61 shades of eyeliner. On a quick search of the NARS website I found the gold and silver shades I wanted but as the silver was limited edition, it is no longer available. 50% success rate there. The only other brand I could think of that may have gold and silver was Urban Decay. I was in luck – out of the 39 shades I saw on the website, there also have gold and silver! I think gold and silver eyeliners are a beauty essential – perfect for a quick and easy highlight.

MAC has 185 shades of lipstick. Well they certainly have a lot. Remember my search for the perfect orange? I found 4 oranges plus a coral and 5 pinky-nudes which would suit me. My own experience says I might well find what I want at the MAC counter!

Bobbi Brown has 40 shades of foundation. That’s clear on a visit to the Bobbi Brown counter. I am a fan of Bobbi Brown because of the wide shade range. Several members of my family use Bobbi Brown foundation following my recommendation. Also, Bobbi Brown has a huge range of natural lipstick colours which is why my first nude lipstick purchases were made there. Dare I say it… she does something for everyone!

As for eyeshadows, Marie Claire highlights Illamasqua but I have to say, I’ve never had a difficulty finding an eyeshadow shade. I think that’s the easiest thing to find with all the palettes available and lots of brands have a wide range of shades. For budget eyeshadows I go for Makeup Revolution, for highstreet/drugstore I start off at Sleek and if I’m willing to spend more, Urban Decay has lots of shades to choose from.

What are your go-to brands when you need that perfect shade?  Do you have a beauty scrapbook?

Lancôme, please make the Miracle Cushion in my shade!

Miracle Cushion

Miracle Cushion

I first encountered the Lancôme Miracle Cushion on the beauty blogs and was really looking forward to trying it and buying it.

I went to my local Boots counter and spotted that there are currently only six shades which has attempted to cover a broad range of skin shades from light to dark. Clearly with only six available shades, the range does not cater for all skin shades or undertones but I was hopeful that there would be one for me.

The consultant first tried 04 Beige Miel but this was way too light for me. She then tried 05 Beige Ambré but this was too dark! The foundation felt lovely on my skin but this time it just wasn’t meant to be. At best, I might be able to wear Beige Ambré in the summer after I get a tan.

I understand that as this is not just a new product, it’s a new concept in the UK so Lancôme are just testing the waters before they make more shades. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the Miracle Cushion is a hit so I can get one made in my shade!

No wonder my bag is so heavy!

How many lip products in a handbag is too many?

How many lip products in a handbag is too many?

I usually carry more than one lip product in my handbag but how many is too many? As a minimum I carry a lip care product such as a balm or Vaseline plus the lip colour that I’m wearing that day. I also might throw in another lip colour just in case I change my mind halfway through the day.

 

For the past two weeks for some reason I’ve been using a lip product, throwing it in my bag then the next day picking another lip product and chucking that in my bag. No replacement, just adding. No wonder my bag weighs a ton! As of today, I’ve ended up with:

  1. Maybelline Baby Lips Intensive Care
  2. Maybelline Baby Lips Cherry Me
  3. Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch
  4. Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Sizzle
  5. Rimmel Oh My Gloss! in My Eternity
  6. Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet in Burning Lava
  7. MAC lip pencil in Cherry to wear with Burning Lava
  8. dr.organic lip balm in Organic Moroccan Argan Oil
  9. Dr. PawPaw Orginal Balm
  10. YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil No.8 in Pink About Me
  11. MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Dare
  12. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 10 Don’t Pink of it!

Phew!

Givenchy Eyes Violet Colour Pop

Kajal No3

Kajal No3

Kajal No3

Kajal No3

After creating my Givenchy face, I had to add a pop of colour using the gorgeous Color Kajal in shade 3, which is a limited edition shade from the Givenchy Beauty Spring Summer Collection. I simply drew it onto my waterline and lower lashline directly from the pencil.

Kajal No3

Kajal No3

I was wearing Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in 202 Rose Dressing which comes up quite bright on me so I toned it down by patting it with my fingers so it wasn’t so bold. I was left with more natural looking, not-so-done pink lips. I did this so the eyes were not in competition with my lips.

Le Rouge in Rose Dressing

Le Rouge in Rose Dressing

Full face

Full face

What do you think?

Givenchy Face

Givenchy Prisime Quatour in No1 Caresse

Givenchy Prisime Quatour in No1 Caresse

I put together this look following my Givenchy make-up lesson using a combination of products from the Givenchy Iconic Products beauty box – the British Beauty Blogger Edit, products purchased from my make-up lesson and samples provided from my make-up lesson.

Face

After cleansing my face with Givenchy Skin Drink and moisturising with Givenchy Velvet Luminescence Moisturising Cream I applied a light layer of Teint Couture Foundation in shade No8 using my Real Techniques expert face brush. I dabbed a little onto the back of my hand, dabbed the brush into the foundation then buffed the foundation onto my face using circular motions. I then placed some Givenchy Mister Light in shade No5 on the back of my hand and mixed this with some of the foundation. I applied this to the areas I wanted to highlight and lighten – my cupids bow, under my eyes up to my temples and underneath my eyebrows, using my Real Techniques pointed foundation brush. I applied the same mixture right up to my lower lash line using my Real Techniques detailer brush. Finally I applied a little blusher using my Real Techniques blush brush – No7 Natural Blush Tint Powder in Coral Flush.

Face

Face

Face

Face

Eyes

For my eyes, I used a sample of the Givenchy Prisime Quatour in No1 Caresse. First I applied the light peach shimmer shade all over my lids up to my brows using my Real Techniques angled shadow brush. I the applied the pink colour to my lids using my Real Techniques base shadow brush. I applied the lighter brown shade to the crease and blended it out for a subtle smoke effect using my Real Techniques essential crease brush. I then lined the upper and lower lash-line with the dark brown shade using my Real Techniques eyeliner brush to add some definition and depth to the appearance of my eyelashes.

I applied one coat of Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes mascara in No1 Deep Black to my top and bottom lashes (I’ll post later how best to do this). To brighten my waterline I applied Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof eye pencil in 60 taupe of the top. I finished by defining my brows with L’Oreal Brow Artist Shaper pencil in 04 Dark Brunette, first filling in my brows using the pencil, neatening with the brush and setting with the wax.

Givenchy Prisime Quatour in No1 Caresse

Givenchy Prisime Quatour in No1 Caresse

Eyes

Eyes

Lips

I applied Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in 202 Rose Dressing using my Real Techniques retractable lip brush. I used the lip brush because I did not have a matching lip liner and it was easier to get a defined line with the brush. I blotted the lip colour then repeated the process.

Lips

Lips

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in 202 Rose Dressing

Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in 202 Rose Dressing

Full Face

Full Face

The British Beauty Blogger Givenchy beauty box was the perfect introduction to the brand and I enjoyed applying the make-up. I also bought the Givenchy Color Kajal in No3 – a gorgeous violet colour. I’ll show you that in another post.

London Fashion Weekend and My Stay in the May Fair Hotel

Hello! Fashion Monthly

Hello! Fashion Monthly

I won Luxe tickets to London Fashion Weekend and an overnight stay at the May Fair Hotel with Stylist Magazine. I was over the moon!

Now, I know this is a beauty blog, specifically a make-up blog. If you want to know about my hair, nails and skin goodies from my Pringle tote bag, click the links. I had a long hard think about how to link my stay in the May Fair Hotel to beauty because I know my readers want to know about make-up but maybe you’re also curious about the hotel too?

On the Trend Catwalk show on Friday evening at London Fashion Weekend, the make-up was fresh – clear skin, natural (not nude) lips, delicate rosy cheeks, subtle highlighting and naturally defined eyes. A Maybelline short film revealed a cool beauty trick – Baby Lips lip balm was used as a highlighter to reflect the catwalk lights. I wonder if us mere mortals could get away with that!

After my lovely evening, I was warmly welcomed at the May Fair Hotel reception then I made my way to my family room with my husband and my baby. The room was gorgeous with two queen sized beds, massive mirrored wardrobe doors, a table and chairs and an armchair with space left over for a Cosatto baby travel cot (provided by the hotel), a pram and a room service table. The en-suite shower room had a massive mirror and bright, white lighting perfect for applying makeup.

At the earliest opportunity I tipped out my tote bag onto one of the beds, propped myself up on the red and gold velvet cushions and flicked through the March issue of Hello! Fashion Monthly – a new fashion magazine costing only £1. The cover star was Coco Rocha sporting a refreshing spring look – berry lips and dark eyes – the perfect antidote to the usual dewy ‘no makeup’ makeup. The beauty pages mainly focused on skincare however there was an article on creating a ‘bare faced’ look – the look I like to wear in summer. I also spotted in the beauty edit that brows should be given the ‘undone’ treatment – subtle contouring and feathering rather than defined arches. I’m willing to give it a go but I really like my definition.

On the glass table in the hotel room there were February and March issues of Harper’s Bazaar and an issue of Ccercle magazine (just to remind me I had won a stay in a luxury hotel). I flicked through Ccercle but the beauty products were well out of my price range to the extent where I think Eve Lom was the most affordable brand mentioned in it!

After a very restful night’s sleep (as best as I can get with a tiny baby) I decided to go through the two issues of Harper’s Bazaar while I was waiting for my room service breakfast. I obviously went straight for the beauty pages. The March issue basically described how to achieve the delicate, luminous look I saw on the catwalk the night before. Some tips I could try are:

  • Don’t apply foundation to the cheeks so your natural colour can show through – well I like my freckles (which is another trend) and would like them to be seen but I would feel strange wearing foundation everywhere except my cheeks.
  • For a luminous look apply emollient cream to the (bare) cheekbones and temples. Well we already know from Maybelline that you can try Baby Lips for this. They also mention Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream. I would go for a tiny dab of Eight Hour Cream – it’s one of my favourite products because you can use it for so many things – far too many to mention and more and more uses are discovered all the time!
  • Eyes are bright using MAC Eye Gloss and concealer under the brow bone. You might already use concealer under the brow bone and I’m wondering if I can use my trusty Eight Hour Cream instead of Eye Gloss? If that’s too subtle, one of the tips is to create a smoky eye using nude shades. If you’re a fan of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, especially the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes, now’s the time to try and make a subtle smoky eye.

Harper’s Bazaar also had an article on spring lips using velvet sheens and hints of colour. I would be prepared to try the YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil and Lancome Lip Lover to achieve this. I used to be a gloss girl but at the moment I’m all about the velvet look because I don’t have the patience for those hair-stuck-to-lips moments anymore. Maybe these oil tints would be a good compromise so I could get a subtle shine without having to use a sticky gloss.

Well, after enjoying my beauty research, my luxurious shower using Essentiel Elements shower gel and body lotion (provided by the hotel which I though smelled of Murray mints but it’s actually rosemary), eating my super yummy waffles with maple syrup, strawberries, a side of bacon and a banana smoothie, and packing all the bags, the only make-up I had time to apply in the large bathroom mirror with the good lighting was my Sleek Pout Polish! Thank goodness for the midday checkout time.

I had so much fun – thank you Stylist Magazine and the May Fair Hotel for my wonderful experience!

Beauty research with Harper's Bazaar on the comfy cushions

Beauty research with Harper’s Bazaar on the comfy cushions

Comment: B. Make Up Creative Art Edition Make Up Palettes

B. Make Up Creative Art Edition Make Up Palettes

B. Make Up Creative Art Edition Make Up Palettes

Whilst lipstick shopping in Superdrug, I overheard a lady who was looking for the darker shades of foundation in the brand I was shopping from but they were not available. This is something that really annoys me considering the diversity of the borough I live in! I said to her that she could try B. – I haven’t tried the foundation myself as I don’t really have oily skin (only my nose) but then thought “why did I send her to B. and I haven’t checked it out myself?”

I know there is a really pretty spring collection but it is not in stores yet. What I did discover were the Creative Art Edition Make Up Palettes. I was intrigued by the eye catching design of the palettes so I took a good look!

Vol. 1 is contains an eyeshadow primer, three eyeshadows, two eyebrow powders, eyebrow wax and mascara for daytime eyes and Vol. 2 is the night-time version. I think it’s great that the mascara is included. The eyebrow powder looks dark enough to use for me as I use grey-brown eyebrow products. Black looks strange, even though I have black eyebrows. I guess if the eyebrow shades are not suitable the clear wax can be used to at least neaten the eyebrows. The applicators look ok – the angled brow brush can double as an eyeliner brush. In fact, the only downside to the palettes is that there isn’t a black or very dark coloured eyeshadow to use as an eyeliner. If I didn’t have a separate eyeliner to hand, I would use the darkest eyebrow powder as an eyeliner and hope it works out!

Vol.3 and Vol. 4 are day and night palettes respectively which are face palettes. They contain four eyeshadows, two blushers, two lipsticks and one highlighter. I am more used to seeing this type of palette but the difference here is that I love the packaging design! I’m not a fan of lip colour palettes as I find them inconvenient to carry around for touch-ups. I prefer to replenish my lipstick or gloss with a quick swipe from the tube rather than having to get out a mirror and lip brush to re-paint on the colour. Having said that, if the colours could be worn like a balm or stain and don’t need precision application, I would be more willing to use them.

I think to get the best out of the eye and face palettes, I would buy one of each (or all four!).

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I noticed there were four Creative Art Edition face kits which are palettes containing everything needed for your complexion: highlighter, cream foundation, pressed powder and concealer. I think my shade would be Vol. 8 which is called Dark and is the darkest shade available. This is the only downside to the complexion collection – I by no means have the darkest skin so this will be disappointing to many of you. Hopefully a darker palette will be released – B. already do darker shades in their oil control foundation. The only applicator included is one sponge so I would use one side for the cream foundation and the other side for the powder. If I didn’t have any other brushes with me, I would apply the concealer and the highlighter with my fingers (although I really am a brush person so I would find this painful!).

In all, it looks like if you get one eye palette, one face palette and one complexion palette, that’s a full face for only £45 plus Beautycard points! If you can get the B. Creative Art Edition Palettes on special offer that would be even better.

My first impressions are that the B Creative Art Edition Palettes are a really good idea and great value for money.   They come in beautiful packaging so would be great gifts. They would make a really nice starter kit for those new to makeup and they would also be good as a travel kit.

Now the question is: “which should I try first – day or night?”

 

Pictures from the Superdrug website:

http://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Eyes/Eye-Shadow-Palettes/B-Creative-Art-Edition-Vol-2-Eye-Essentials-Night/p/255700#.VOH5x-lyZ3o

http://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Eyes/Eye-Shadow/B-Creative-Art-Edition-Vol-3-Day/p/256000#.VOH6COlyZ3o

http://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Eyes/Eye-Shadow/B-Creative-art-edition-Vol-8-Pro-Face-kit–Dark/p/269201#.VOH6JelyZ3o

Givenchy Counter Make-up Lesson

Givenchy

Givenchy

Foundation

Foundation

I was lucky enough to get hold of one of the British Beauty Blogger Givenchy beauty boxes. Inside was an empty bottle which I could take to a Givenchy beauty counter to collect a five-day sample of foundation. There was also encouragement to try one of the Givenchy makeovers so I booked a full make-up lesson at House of Fraser in London Victoria.

I was warmly welcomed by Faith the consultant and Shadia the Givenchy makeup artist, with a glass of bubbly and a mini cake. I’ll try to remember the products used – I wanted to enjoy the pampering so I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to write a blog post about it until now. We began with a discussion on my skin type and what look I wanted to go for. I have dry and oily skin and I love bright colours so I asked for a bold look.

Skincare

Shadia prepared my skin by cleansing it with Skin Drink, applying Flash Luminescence Serum and finishing with Hydra Velvet Moisturising Cream.

Base and Complexion

Shadia evened out my skin tone using Acti’Mine Makeup Base SPF 15 in shade 5. I decided I wanted a natural looking foundation so Shadia used Teint Couture in shade 8. She didn’t use any powder as this would have taken away the glowing skin effect. She then mixed the foundation with the Mister Light Corrective Pen in shade 5 and applied this to the upper part of my cheekbones, under my eyes and up to my temples to highlight. She then added depth using Poudre Bonne Mine in Ambre Croisiere (shade 3) in the hollows of my cheeks and around the top of my forehead where the shadows naturally fall. She finished my complexion with Le Prisime Blush in Vintage Pink, a very pretty combination of four soft pinks.

Eyes

Shadia prepared my eyelids using Ombre Couture in Prune Taffetas as a base then finished the eyeshadow using Prisime Quatour Eyeshadow in Tentation, a palette of purples and a green which is one of my favourite combinations. She lined my upper lid with Givenchy Liner Couture, a felt-tip style eyeliner and flicked it out. Shadia lined my waterline with black eyeliner and lined the lower lash line with a limited edition Colour Kajal in N3 Purple. She finished my eyes with Phenomen’Eyes mascara in Deep Black and defined my eyebrows using Eye Brow Show Pencil (although I’m not sure which shade she used).

Lips

My lips were dry so Shadia prepared them using Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm Moisturizing Rosy Glow. I think “magic” is an appropriate name for this balm – it was very soothing and hydrating which was expected. What I didn’t expect was the gorgeous pink shade it turned my lips which did not resemble what I saw in the pot! I would wear the balm on its own without any need to add colour on top. Shadia then applied a deep pink creamy lipstick and finished by defining my lips with lip pencil. Sorry but I don’t know the shades of either product.

Unfortunately I don’t have any blog-worthy photos of my face to post. I forgot to bring my camera, the lighting was bad so my phone photos are not great then on the way home I got caught in the heaviest rain I can ever remember encountering. By the time I got home, I was soaked through with mascara in my eyes and running down my face!

I was very happy with the service and impressed with the products. As you may know from other blog posts, service is everything – even if I love a product, if the service is bad I’ll probably walk away, most likely in the direction of another beauty counter. I bought a couple of items and received some more samples. I’ll post about the two items I bought separately but for now, why not guess which products I chose?

Skincare, base and eyes

Skincare, base and eyes

Eyes and lips

Eyes and lips

 

No7 Foundation and Concealer Match Made Service

Foundation

Foundation blobs!

I popped along to my local Boots No7 counter to try out the foundation and concealer Match Made Service.

The consultant used a little gadget to find my foundation shade, “Deeply Honey”, which I think is the third darkest shade. She also found my concealer shade which is number 60.

I was then asked my skin type which is combination dry and oily. The consultant used No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 15 to prepare my skin for the foundation trial.

After asking what type of coverage I wanted, she tried some foundations on my. My main criteria were that the foundation must be quick to apply and that it must not hide my freckles.  I just want something to even my skin tone rather than cover any blemishes.  Also, although I want to apply my foundation quickly, I always use a brush rather than my fingers so that I get an even finish and so I don’t end up in a mess!

I first tried a light coverage foundation, the No7 Essentially Natural Foundation.  It was very light, so light that I decided I wanted something a little heavier.  Having said that, for only £9.95, I might just go back and buy it for everyday, casual use.

For the medium coverage foundation, I had a choice of a matte foundation or a glowing, dewy look.  I actually found it very difficult to decide as for me it depends on the season, the weather and my mood on the day!  In the end I decided on “glowing” and I tried No7 Instant Radiance Foundation.  As it is a medium coverage foundation, it still feels nice and light on the skin.  It evened out my skin without making it look plastered in makeup. It ticked the “quick to apply” box as it is a one-step foundation – apply the liquid and leave it alone.  Powder should not be used as it would take away the glow. My freckles were nicely on show too, even after the consultant applied a touch of blusher in Coral Flush.

The final piece of the puzzle was the No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer which was ok but not amazing. My eyes did look brighter but I think I need something tougher to tackle my dark under-eye circles.

As a very pleasant surprise, the foundation only costs £12.50 – less than half of what I usually pay for foundation! For that price I would be willing to buy the matte version also, just because I can.

In all, I was pleased with my experience and impressed with the products. Looks like I don’t always have to spend £30 on foundation after all!

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks Christmas Gift Set

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks Christmas Gift Set

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks Christmas Gift Set

I bought this Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks Christmas Gift Set for several reasons:

  • The colours looked like they could work with my skin tone and my dark lips – usually this is not the case for lipstick gift sets;
  • The price of the set meant the lipsticks were £10 each instead of £20 each;
  • I actually bought them for cheaper than £10 each because of Black Friday, and
  • I couldn’t resist the gold packaging!

I already have Red Door Red 02 and decided it would be nice to add to the collection. The best thing with gift sets from any brand is that they offer good value for money, provided you can use the products. I say that as the gift sets are put together to appeal to the majority and in the UK, black skin is not in the majority! Having said that, I think I can easily wear 3 out of 4 of shades so I commend Elizabeth Arden for putting together this collection.

The lipsticks are of a creamy texture which gives a little shine. It also means that they don’t last as long as matte lipsticks so to extend the life of the lipstick on the lips, it’s probably best to use lip liner. I usually use lip liner however after getting such a good deal on the lipsticks, I couldn’t bring myself to spend 4 x £17 on lip liners. In the photos I have applied the lipstick straight from the bullet without lip liner.

 

Clockwise from top left: Wildberry 33, Sweet Pink 25, Mocha Shimmer 21 & Red Door Red 02

Clockwise from top left: Wildberry 33, Sweet Pink 25, Mocha Shimmer 21 & Red Door Red 02

Clockwise from the top left I am wearing:

Wildberry actually comes up quite bright on me so I think it is a night-time shade for me. It is very pink so I’m not sure where the berry aspect comes in!

I would like better coverage with Sweet Pink, a light pink which looks quite pale on my dark lips but not so pale in the tube. I’m sure I can achieve the opaque look I want with lip liner.

With Mocha Shimmer, again I would probably prefer it with a matching lip liner but because it is the most neutral shade in the collection for me, I can do without the lip liner for a natural look. As well as being creamy, it has the tiniest hint of gold running through it to give it a metallic shine.

Finally, I always wear lip liner with red lipstick otherwise it ends up all over my face and Red Door Red is no exception! It’s lovely and bold and I think I can wear it day and night.

As with many premium brands, we pay for nice packaging. The gold and silver cases feel luxurious and have a nice weight to them. Plus Red Door Red has the signature red door carved into the bullet which I think is a nice touch.

Overall I am pleased with my purchase. I wonder what will be in the Boxing Day sales!

 

Top to bottom: WIldberry, Mocha Shimmer, Sweet Pink. Right: Red Door Red

Top to bottom: WIldberry, Mocha Shimmer, Sweet Pink.
Right: Red Door Red

I now have two Red Door Reds and I really don’t wear enough red lipstick to justify keeping both. I’m thinking about a mini giveaway – what do you think?

 

 

Review: Benefit Coralista Lipgloss

Coralista

Coralista

I received a mini version of Benefit Coralista in a magazine a while ago. I think beauty gifts in magazines are a great way to try out products without having to commit lots of money to a product you might not like.

I love lipgloss as it makes my lips look fuller. I only really started trying out matte lip colour when I started blogging. I usually go for lipgloss because it tends to last a long time on the lips compared to creamy lipstick so there’s fewer touch-ups. I also like lipgloss because depending on the colour, when it fades is doesn’t look to bad. The downside to lipgloss is that it can be sticky. Long hair plus windy weather plus sticky lipgloss equals complete mess!

Coralista is a sheer coral colour which gives my dark lips a very slight orange tint. The shine is subtle rather than fully glossy or glassy. It feels silky and smooth and is not sticky at all. It has a hint of a strawberry jelly taste which I like.

The downside for me is that as it is so light, it doesn’t last long on the lips at all. It fades away far too quickly for my liking which takes away a benefit of lipgloss that I like.

I have concluded that although this lipgloss is not right for me at all, it’s for all of you out there who want to wear gloss without the stickiness. It’s definitely good to have the choice!

Review: Clinique Chubby Sticks in Woppin’ Watermelon and Super Strawberry

Clinique Chubby Sticks in Woppin' Watermelon and Super Strawberry

Clinique Chubby Sticks in Woppin’ Watermelon and Super Strawberry

 

I received the Clinique Chubby Sticks in Woppin’ Watermelon and Super Strawberry in Glamour Magazine. I’ve always thought this is a great way to try new products.

These Chubby Sticks are tinted lip balms in the shape of crayons, officially described as “moisturizing lip colour balms”. They are definitely moisturising and the best thing is that they fragrance free – no off putting mint or strawberry scent here.

Woppin’ Watermelon is the pale pink crayon which brightens my natural lip colour – it gives it a lift. Super Strawberry emphasises the pink colour in my lips and deepens my natural lip colour.

Chubby Sticks are definitely for those who only like a hint of colour. I like Clinique because they make fragrance free products which are good for the skin but I like a little more colour in my lip products. I use them on non-make up days to keep my lips soft.

Beauty Boxes: Why I Chose the Glamour Beauty Power List Box 2014

Glamour Beauty Power List Box 2014

Glamour Beauty Power List Box 2014

 

For me, the Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 beauty box from latestinbeauty.com was the best one so far. I actually really wanted nearly everything in the box!

I am a fan of Philip Kingsley so I was looking forward to trying out one of his styling products and the Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray is as good a place to start as any.

I really like the Maybelline Color Sensational Nude Lipsticks so I was hoping to get another shade that would suit me as I already have Coffee Craze.

I had recently made my first Laura Mercia purchase – a foundation which I reviewed here so I definitely wanted to try the primer.

I have heard a lot about Liz Earle skincare so I definitely wanted to try her Hot Cloth Cleanser, which came with a muslin cloth!

I’ve read a few blog posts on the Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes and I wanted to see for myself if they are anything special, especially for the price.

Finally, I was intrigued by the whole concept of a 1 Seconde Mascara by Bourjois. I have used the 1 Seconde nail polishes but how does this work with a mascara?

I’m not sure I can call the James Read Sleep Mask Tan an added bonus, bronzer will be fine for me!

I’ll review the products I have used as soon as I can!

Beauty Boxes: Why I Chose the Glamour Beauty Edit Box and the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

Glamour Beauty Edit Box

Glamour Beauty Edit Box

British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

 

As you might have read on my blog already, I like to know what I’m getting in my beauty boxes before I get them – it seems I don’t like total surprises!

I got the Glamour Beauty Edit Box and the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box over the spring and summer but I was unable to blog about them at the time. Rather than review the boxes, because plenty of bloggers do that already, I’ll tell you why I picked these boxes over others. I will review some products in separate posts.

Both boxes are from Latest in Beauty. Sometimes will contain different shades of product and that is enough of a surprise for me!

Glamour Beauty Edit Box

The main thing that convinced me to go for this box was the Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick as I really wanted to try a Glamore lipstick. It also made the box very good value for money. I had previously purchased an infamous Illamasqua matte lipstick but it was far too drying for me so I was looking forward to testing the new formula.

I was also curious to try the Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector as I had never tried any kind of tanning product before.

Finally, I wanted to try out the Bourjois Cram Blush as I like Bourjois and this was a good excuse to try a new product.

I figured if all else failed, I would have a nice little bottle of the DHC cleansing oil which I know I like, and a Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer, hopefully in a shade that I didn’t already have!

That meant the Magnifibres Brush -On False Lashes, Velvotan the Original Tanning Mitt, the Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip and Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 were added bonuses.

I think this was a great box to prepare for summer. It was very well put together and I especially liked that the tanning mitt was included with the instant tan bb lotion. The sun cream was in a useful SPF and cream blush is perfect for summer.

I will briefly say that on this occasion, the lipstick, instant tan and cream blush did not suit me. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

The Dream Box by British Beauty Blogger

I was so glad I was at home the day this went on sale as it sold out in a flash! This was the third BBB box. I missed the first because I didn’t know about it and didn’t buy the second because the buying process was far too complicated. Then BBB teamed up with Latest in Beauty and I had no reason not to try it.

The main thing I wanted from this box was the Essie nail polish as I had never owned an Essie polish before. I wanted to try a La Roche-Posay product as bloggers seem to love this brand and I was intrigued by the Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Kisses. I also wanted to try the Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream. Benefit is a bit hit and miss when it comes to make-up for brown skin so I was hoping that at least I could use the skincare, which comes in very pretty packaging. I had heard a little about the L’Occitaine Immortelle Divine range which is out of my price bracket so this box was an excuse to own a little piece of it!   A new mascara is always a good thing, I religiously throw them away after 6 months to avoid eye infections so they always need replacing and why not try Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara? Finally, how could I not want another Makeup Revolution Palette? I just had to hope the Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette was not one I had already bought as there was a choice of shades.

This box also came with a Bourjois Cream Blush which luckily was a different shade to the one I received, a Bee Good Honey and Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water which was a random bonus for me, Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream which was great because I do tend to neglect my feet, a Kniepp Herbal Bath something or another which was new to me, as was the Janjira Hand Wash, Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge fragrance, Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream which was worth trying and a Lola Kabuki Brush – a girl can never have too many make-up brushes!

As you can see the box was absolutely packed – I’m sure the lid was not on properly but everything arrived safe and sound. This box was perfect for trying out new as well as familiar brands so I’m looking forward to the 4th box!

Review: Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

 

I bought the Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy because Celestial was too pink for me. Apocalips is very easy to apply thanks to the plush, angled applicator. It feels so smooth and soft and effortlessly follows the contours of the lips.

This shade is perfect for me as it is a subtle purple. I find that purples suit me the best although I love pink. I think it because it is the perfect combination of the dark outline of my lips with the pink in the rest of my lips. For some reason this reminds me of black cherry flavoured yoghurt!

The gloss is not sticky and has a nice shine due to the almost microscopic shimmer particles. It fades nicely rather than making my lips look silly and it lasts for a good amount of time before needing retouching.

I’m sure I’ll try out more shades and I really want to try one of the new Apocalips Lip Velvets.

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