Archive for March, 2012

March 31, 2012

So I Disappeared Without Any Explanation

…Yeah, sorry about that. I had a totally manic work period for university and I was just coming home and passing out straight away!

I’m on my Easter break now though, so although I am still very busy, it’s a bit calmer.

Proper post coming very soon! Hope anyone also at university is enjoying the beginning of the holiday; I wish I could go away somewhere exciting, but I have to stick it out in London and write my dissertation!

😀 x

March 23, 2012

I Was Bored And Found Some Green Eyeshadow

I’m good at procrastination. VERY good. I’m supposed to have a 10,000 word dissertation handed in by…oooh…tomorrowish, and I’m here playing with makeup.

Still, never mind.

March 23, 2012

Spring Lip Gloss Favourites

True colour; it looks really dark in the tube but is lovely, sheer and juicy when on.

The images in this post may be confusing viewed on the home page – I’d advise clicking the title and reading it on its own page that way 🙂 Swatches of the first 3 glosses are at the bottom!

I always feel that gloss is a more Spring/Summer product, as it goes well with the more natural, glowing makeup looks that are in fashion. This year, the red lip has made an appearance on the catwalks for S/S at places such as Yves Saint Laurent and Dior – it’s quite unusual, but I love it. A good red lip can go just as well with a white linen dress and bronzed skin as it does with more wintry eyeliner and wooly clothing!

This is my YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in No. 6. It’s supposed to be a mixture of a gloss and a balm, and I love it! It goes on beautifully, and I usually only use one layer/swipe each time, as I like it to be very sheer. It is moisturising, though products that say they have a “balm effect” are never moisturising enough for me. That’s fine, it doesn’t emphasise dryness and I can always use a balm underneath as it’s supposed to look glossy and juicy. There is fine shimmer in it, but nothing too glittery.
Also, it tastes like watermelon-y heaven, which I am a big fan of.

I’m currently saving up for the gorgeous orange coral colour in the same product! (Just need to pass one of the job interviews I have lined up..!)

This is a bit more orange in reality, it looks super orange in the tube but actually looks more like this photo when on!

The gloss to the right is my Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in ‘Coral Reef’. I use this in my favourite Springtime look, as it is eye-catching and bright without being too scary or over the top. I love the high-shine effect this gloss has, and it’s nice and thick. It has a pretty good lasting time, and wears off to a fairly natural pinky colour, so I don’t have to worry that my lips are looking odd because my gloss is coming off!
It smells kind of like sweets, but it’s a very subtle scent, so shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. This gloss also has SPF 15, which is always a plus, especially when the sun’s out more and more! (Yay!)

In reality, the colour in the tube does look more orange – but don’t worry, when applied it looks much more like the photo. Orangey, but not crazy, and still with enough pink to actually look fairly natural if applied thinly.

I really love how many coral and orange-toned lip colours Revlon do. I don’t actually own that many of their products, but the ones I do have are always better quality than I’m expecting (I should probably learn from that, huh?!) and I love their nail varnish shades. I feel a splurge coming on once the student loan comes through…!

True to colour.

Bourjois lip gloss was one of the first makeup products I ever owned, and I’ve always loved it since! This gloss on the left is the Effet 3D gloss in the colour “Rosé or épic”. (I quite like the way that implies there’s ordinary rose gold, and then there’s EPIC rose gold!) It is a totally beautiful rosy bronze in the tube, but when applied it’s quite subtle. This is quite possibly my favourite gloss colour of all time, as it gives my lips a beautiful rosy shimmery (but not glittery!) golden colour without looking unnatural. It’s that perfect kind of shade that you can truly wear for everyday or for going out in the evening, and it’ll look stunning all the time!

This also claims to have an “8hour balm effect” and although I wouldn’t go that far, it does keep my lips from drying out and won’t highlight dry areas, despite containing sparkle! If I feel the lip balm urge and don’t have any around, I would apply this and know that it’ll help to save my lips from getting any worse, and soothe them in the short term.

I would repurchase this over and over – it’s a true staple of my makeup collection, and every time I apply it I remember why I love it so much! Perfect for Spring.

Fairly true to colour - perhaps a little more brown than it is in reality.

Finally, on the right, another Bourjois gloss, also from the Effet 3D line. This is the old packaging, which I actually liked better – I just thought it looked more elegant. But hey ho, the product inside is just as good now!

This is a “my lips but better shade”, and although nude, is still highly pigmented. It’s nice that they don’t scrimp on the pigment for colours like this. I wear this a lot, and although it’s not strictly a Spring shade, I’ve been reaching for it a lot lately – I’m going through a natural makeup phase, and that is because of Spring! The formula for this is slightly different, I think – this gloss doesn’t have a very long wear time, and is not sticky in the least. It still feels of medium thickness, but don’t expect it to last a particularly long time because of this; it won’t.

However, it does smell nice. Just a generic sweet smell, really – nothing major. It feels lovely on, with the same “balm-like” benefits of the newer formulation. I think perhaps their Marketing department just picked up on something that was already there when they did the new packaging!

So that’s my roundup of my favourite glosses this season – hope you’re enjoying the onset of Spring as much as I am!

🙂

Swatches: YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in No. 6, Revlon Super Lustrous in Coral Reef, Bourjois Rosé or épic.

March 20, 2012

Product Alert! Embryolisse BB Cream

White/brown/pink tube of BB cream

image from cocobeau.co.uk

I was reading about French skincare brands the other day, and the person who’d written the article was raving about Embryolisse. I’d heard of the brand, but never tried their stuff as the “magic” product is a fairly heavy moisturiser, which I always assumed would be wrong for my skin.

However, I checked out a link that led to http://www.cocobeau.co.uk (I love that site) where the new Embryolisse BB cream was listed. I didn’t know it was all that new, but as BB creams are my current obsession, I immediately wanted to try it. Unfortunately for me, it’s an extremely dry financial period right now and will remain so until the beginning of April, so I made a mental note and ignored it, trying to persuade myself to forget about it. (It is priced at £24.50, and considering I’m an eBay fanatic, that is painful.)

It was not to be. CocoBeau sent me an email update the very next day telling me all about the amazing new Embryolisse BB Cream and how I need it in my life right now and all that jazz. I am so sold.

Damn it, CocoBeau! I walked away! I actually walked away!

Next pay day, it is so happening.

March 19, 2012

Alert! Sin Binning An Entire Range!

The Body Shop – Seaweed range.

The last 2 days, my skin has been going crazy. At first, I thought it was because of my Boots No.7 tinted moisturiser – and I was about to be very upset! But then I realised what it was. It was the last item I have left from the Body Shop Seaweed line; the “Pore Perfector”.

I bought a couple of things from this line a few years ago, and they all irritated, broke out, or actually burnt my skin. The pore perfector never seemed to provoke a reaction, so I kept it – but I hardly ever used it. This weekend, I used it 3 days in a row and this is the result! Lots of tiny little spots that are clearly a reaction, rather than a spontaneous breakout, and only in the places I used this product. I’m very upset as my skin has been near-perfect for months now, and this feels like a regression back to the days when I couldn’t go outside without a thick layer of Revlon ColourStay to cover my skin. Those were not fun days. My self-esteem was terrible.

All I have to say is, stay away from the Body Shop Seaweed line! I do not have sensitive skin at all, and I hardly ever react to anything. But now every single item I’ve bought from this range has caused seriously negative responses from my skin. I can only recommend that you really steer clear. However, I know that some people will not react in this way, or may even like it – of course, or it wouldn’t have got through testing. But I would tell my friends not to buy it, and so I’m telling you guys too!

I don’t like panning products as comprehensively as this, but sometimes…it just has to be done!

March 16, 2012

Favourite Spring Look 2012

I’ve seen the first glimmers of Spring in London, so I’m feeling optimistic enough to post this up! I’ll be honest, it’s nothing too revolutionary – this is one of my favourite looks of all time, and I found a picture that encapsulates it beautifully:

Girl with coral lipstick

image originally from etsy.com

Aside from just wanting to look like this girl in general, I LOVE the coral lips/soft brown eyes combination. My personal take on it is not exactly like this picture, but I just wanted to stick it in anyway because it’s pretty.

I wear a nude or just off-nude peachy coloured eyeshadow all over my lid, with a little dark or chocolate brown blended into the outer corner. This can look a little out of place at first, but it all comes together as long as it’s well blended.
I then use black liquid liner, but gel would work just as well, and line my upper lashline thinly, with a small flick following the upward shape of my lower eyelid where the corner is. The liner does thicken towards the outer corner, but not too dramatically.
I tightline my upper waterline with a black pencil, and leave the lower waterline bare.
I blend the slightest hint of the dark brown shadow at the outer corner of my lower lashline, keeping it subtle.
Lots of mascara!
I often skip blush with this look, or use Benefit’s boxed pressed powder in Georgia instead. (Not technically a blush – it’s really, really understated in terms of pigment.)
I then use my Revlon Super Lustrous gloss in Coral Reef – I adore this colour, it looks terrifyingly orange in the tube but it’s actually a beautiful, wearable coral.

I’m excited about coral colours now! The most important thing with this look, in my opinion, is that it looks fresh but perfect. The liner has to be crisp and exact. I so want to wear this look tomorrow, but I’m working a barely-there-makeup job tomorrow. Boo hiss!

Yay for Spring though!

March 16, 2012

Pinterest!

I’ve just got my Pinterest invite – my first online pinboard is called “Fantasy Makeup Drawer”! I’m loving what I’ve seen of Pinterest so far, is anyone else on it?

I’m adding a button to follow me there to this blog, hopefully some of you will check it out! 🙂

March 15, 2012

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

Black and gold square lipstick tube  Black and gold square tube of lipstick

top image from yslbeauty.co.uk

I am in love. Totally. This stuff is, to coin a phrase, the bomb! It’s exactly what it says on the tin – a lip stain which is also a gloss. It goes one step further than all those high street brands that have a lip stain pen and a lipbalm on the other end, like Revlon’s, though that’s a great idea. But this combines the two into one product, and it’s amazing!

It goes on feeling like a thin gloss, and it almost feels a little patchy when first applied, especially as you have to be sure not to apply too much. But once you rub your lips together a bit, the texture begins to change, feeling thicker and settling down in consistency. It isn’t exactly sticky – nowhere near the texture of Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker – but it’s tacky enough to have real staying power, and of course, the colour payoff is beautiful.

Obviously, the top image is the one from the YSL website, and the bottom one is the colour I own, #7. (Notice my own picture! I have a cable so I can actually use my own photos! Joy! 🙂 ) I love this colour, it’s a beautifully natural coral that I would be totally comfortable wearing on an everyday basis, yet can be built up a little for stronger colour payoff.

This stuff has a very long wear, as you might expect for something that’s marketed as a stain. Overall, this product is totally fabulous and YSL have really got it right here. It does everything you want and everything it promises – easily 5 stars!

I bought this for full price (shock horror) after seeing the wonderful RaeView’s* video featuring them. I also bought the colour she recommended, not because I’m a sheep (baaaa) but because I could tell it was exactly what I was after. I don’t regret it for a second!

*links to the video I mention, but underneath the video is also a link to her blog – check it out 🙂

March 13, 2012

I’m Going To Paint My Nails

Maybe a beauty blogger shouldn’t be quite so happy about making that resolution! But the fact is, I just can’t be bothered to paint my nails a lot of the time. I have fairly weak nails that are prone to splitting/flaking, and so I use a Sally Hansen strengthening product that looks just like clear nail varnish. However, I find that this stuff peels off quite readily underneath coloured polish, and so it’s easier to just leave it as it is.

Second problem, my nails are all different shapes, and none of those shapes is particularly attractive. Because of this, I find it easier to just make sure my hands look vaguely presentable and forget about them, rather than making a real effort, only to find that they still look horrible, which would make me sad.

However, I reckon that they do still look a bit better when painted, and so I’m going to try and summon up the energy to do them more frequently. As I am very easily irritated by chipped polish, this is a big deal – I cannot just leave them once they’re less than perfect.

Wish me luck! Or at least don’t shake your head in disbelief at my shockingly low standards.

I’m going to use this.

Square glass pot full of dark blue nail varnish

image from bluebanana.com

March 11, 2012

Aishwarya Rai Is Stunning

…because you needed me to tell you that, right?!

Like with my slightly OTT obsession with Zhang Ziyi, I gain a slightly fixed expression when staring at Aishwarya Rai’s face, because it just shouldn’t be possible to look that flipping perfect and I’m trying ever so hard not to be jealous. (It never works.)

Aishwarya Rai

image from topnews.in

This first look is pretty simple when it’s broken down; as usual Ms. Rai looks perfectly polished and glamorous, yet fairly natural too. From what I can make out, she’s wearing:

  • Ridiculously perfect foundation (OK, so her skin may be airbrushed a little. I sincerely hope it is anyway!)
  • A little eyeshadow or brow powder in a natural shade brushed through her brows.
  • A warm pink blush, pinker than baby pink but more natural than a hot pink.
  • A bit of pinky beige/light brown eyeshadow  across the lids – this is meant to be pretty nude, so not too pink or brown. Match to your own skin tone!
  • Thin black liquid or gel liner, as perfect as you can, and no flick or cateye effect.
  • Either nothing along the lower lashline, or a tiny smudge of the nude eyeshadow on the outer quarter.
  • Lots of volumising black mascara, but go easy on the lower lashes.
  • A striking, but not super bright, pink lipgloss. To me it looks like she’s only wearing gloss, and that it’s just really pigmented – though she could have a lipstick under it! It does look like she might have lipliner on to make the lip outline really neat and crisp, and personally I would simply use this liner all over the lip to stain without adding the heaviness of two creamy products. This colour and finish is quite similar to a gloss I have and love – Bourjois Effet 3D in 46 Rose Lyric, which gives the same glamorous high-shine finish too.

The lips really are the focus here, but they’re not hugely dramatic, giving Aishwarya the look of natural perfection that is always hers!

Aishwarya Rai

image from Google

This second look reverses the emphasis from the lips to the eyes, while again maintaining the fairly natural overall effect. Here’s my breakdown:

  • Sheer foundation/tinted moisturiser with SPF (she’s at the beach, I would never accuse her of the terrible sin of not wearing SPF!)
  • Eyebrows shaped, but less defined than before – perhaps a touch of brow pencil, or just some clear gel brushed through.
  • No blush, but a touch of matte bronzer to contour and define the cheekbones.
  • Nude beige/taupe eyeshadow, with subtle pink tones. (Reminds me of the e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeshadow in Dawn, though I’m sure a more upmarket version!)
  • Black liquid or gel liner, with a thin flick at the outer corner.
  • Black gel or pencil liner along the upper and lower waterlines, all the way into the inner corner.
  • Dramatic black mascara on upper and lower lashes.
  • A pink toned nude lipstick, no liner.
  • A clear or nude gloss over the top.

While the eye makeup is clearly more dramatic than most non-celebrities would wear to the beach, I love the understated lips and subtle bronzer. Despite the heavy-ish liner, I do think this look is beautiful for summer, which I’m trying to convince myself is just around the corner! (Come ON, London weather!)

I love Aishwarya Rai! I might have to go and watch Devdas now.

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