Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sunday Sunshine presents lipstick favourites!

Hello!

Is it just me or is today, a Sunday be it just utterly glorious in the UK? The sun is beaming in through my windows which are actually open and I have a bit of LAXX cranked up to the max on the stereo... Boy, such a difference once some sunshine has been injected into the world :)

Anyway, I have to apologise for the lack of updates last week as I was uber busy at work with my trio of new joiners in their second week of training! But with such a beautiful day, I thought it's a good day to die hard... No wait, I mean a good day to swatch some of my current favourite lipsticks (who can resist a Bruce Willis reference)!

Starting with some items that I've had for a while and new entries, but brand specific: MAC. I know there is a lot of love/hate for MAC Cosmetics these days, but I still have a soft spot for this line. Many of the lipsticks have come and gone in my life, but a few have held up. The recent new entries are certainly staying put as they are ideal basics for my working wardrobe.



Left to right:
All MAC lipsticks
A Way to Love ~ lustre
Phlox ~ glaze
Speed Dial ~ cremesheen
Chatterbox ~ amplified
Peachstock ~ satin

Next up are the mix of other lipstick brands, mattes, sheer glosses, creams... I have been loving glosses recently which tells me it's time to add some new spring/summer shades to my options! Ebay time for Innisfree haulings one ponders.



Left to right:
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid ~ #902 Fuchsia Flash
Wet n Wild Megalast ~ #966 Don't Blink Pink
Revlon Matte ~ #005 Strawberry Suede
Givenchy Le Rouge ~ #302 Hibiscus Exclusif
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet ~ #37 L'Exuberante


Left to right:
Chantecaille Lip Chic ~ Zinnia
Burt's Bees Replenishing lip balm ~ Pomegranate

Well, that last swatch was a bit pointless... But it seems to enhance my natural lip colour which is ideal for a lazy makeup day or work when I feel like all the moisture is being sucked out of me! Finally I have a few of my absolute faves, will be adding to a certain lonely Vivid as the texture, pigment and longevity is just wonderful.



Left to right:
Bite High Pigment Pencil ~ Zinfandel
Sephora Cream Lip Stain ~ #03 Strawberry Kissed
Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain ~ Flushed
Innisfree Vivid Tint Rouge ~ #9

Honestly, since that Innisfree tint landed in my hands last year, I have been obsessing over it! Neon coral? CHECK! Staining? CHECK! Jelly like? CHECK-A-MUNDO! I need to dabble in more with this brand now... Driveller you have ruined me for life, lol!

Well that's enough ramblings for today, it's time to prep lunch and get on with boring chores such as cleaning and laundry... Does this make me an adult? Gosh, I hope not as I don't think I can successfully adult at all *looks around for an adult who successfully adults* NOT ME :)

Have a lovely day and thanks for reading ♥

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Swatchable Thursday: Sleek Blush by and some Back2MAC!

Good morning everyone!

So, back here again on the 6th March... Such an awful day for me in general, but I figured I'd keep my mind busy doing stuffs :)

In the process of attempting to take pictures for swatches, I have come to realize how little natural light I have in my apartment. Well, throw in a gloomy, cloudy day and I have no hope! Knew I should've done this yesterday darn it, sun was actually out?! But that was no reason for the windows to be open (glares at the Mr). Well, shall we get started?

My local MAC counter are a bit mean when letting me B2M my empties, only 2 at a time says the girl with sharpie brows and orange contour... Oh well, that's fine! At this point I'm happy just to get an assistants attention as it's always overcrowded and filled with teenager *shudders*

My last attempt got me Speed Dial (which is currently AWOL, do I replace?) and Coral Bliss cremesheens, this time I thought I'd go for something a bit more matte or full on!



As you can see in the second image, that is the really poor level of lighting I'm having to contend with, No matter what I do! Thankfully, I managed to get a decent shot pre-swatching! So, what did I get I hear you say? Russian Red (matte) and Chatterbox (amplified). I have always favoured the Amplified formula over all the others as they offer full pigment with creaminess, but I am not one to turn down the beauty of a matte either... So opted for a very beautiful Russian Red :)


Left: Russian Red
Right: Chatterbox

I feel like such a fool for waiting so long to pick up Chatterbox quite frankly! This is the perfect pink for everyday wear I have been hunting for... Speed Dial is gorgeous but the formula can be a bit strange on my lips, especially in the winter.

Let's move on to one of my favourite products, Sleek blushes. I have managed to get my hands on the new Blush by 3 trios, none of the stores seemed to have these instock... So I just bit the bullet and ordered online. Now, I do have the recent release Sweet Cheeks with the brands first dabble in a cream formula and I must say I was quite impressed. Now, I will always prefer a powder formula but do tend to switch it up in the warmer months and if I go on holiday too. So was more than happy to buy the new trios. Anyway, enough of this rambling...

Sleek Blush by 3 in Californ.I.A.

Sleek Blush by 3 in Pink Lemonade.
Now Californ.I.A is a glorious trio of cream shades, the peachy, corally beauty it is and Pink Lemonade is a mix with the middle shade being cream with 2 powders. Now the latter, Pink Lemonade is a beautiful mix of warm and cool pink tones. Icing Sugar (far left) is very similar to Mirrored Pink, maybe not as much silver shimmer in it, but Pink Mint is an absolutely stunning warm shimmery pink which I seem to lack in my current stash.



Californ.I.A (left to right):
Newport Beach
The Surf
OC

I do feel like The Surf (middle shade), is going to be one of those tones that disappears into my skin tone. It seems to behave quite strangely compared to the rest, a tad more glossy perhaps... Oh well, we'll see when FOTD time comes!
 



Pink Lemonade (left to right):
Icing Sugar
Macaroon
Pink Mink

As you can probably see, Macaroon is far more impressive once swatched. I'm thinking this paired with MAC Chatterbox and a simple smoky eye look? Let's get it done already :)

Well, that's all for today... Back to moping around the apartment wishing for things that can never be changed. Hope you all have a good day!
Thanks for reading ♥

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Friday Favourites #8.

Morning!

It's a wonderful Saturday morning and I have been cleaning, yes that's right... Trying to be a successful adult :| This is when I remember I forgot to upload my favourites yesterday in my mad rush to do shopping before work (never again).

I have my windows open, sun beaming in and a bit of Vaski blaring out the speakers. So here is the low down for this weeks favourites whilst trying to get into the spirit of Spring :)


Clarins ~ Eau des Jardins.
Giorgio Armni ~ Acqua di Gioia.
Both of these fragrances with their citrus, mint and floral notes usually scream Spring for me. Changing up my winter heavy gasoline, sandalwood and bergamott go to scents for these citrus ones seem to lift me out of the winter blues. But the sad news is they are almost empty! The anger of repurchase without discount this time.

MAC ~ Fix+ Rose.
This bad boy from MAC's 2009 collection A Rose Romance *sob* Oh how I loved this collection... Oh yes, this was a back up I had gathering dust as I forgot about it. But I have rediscovered the beauty of Fix+ again as I am in love with a more dare I say it, dewy finish. Plus I love it to refresh my face throughout the day!

Bourjois CC Cream ~ #33.
From the moment this liquid touched my skin, I knew I was going to love it. From my previous BB/CC/ZZ/whatever cream experience most of them were extremely grey, orange, pink toned on me and thick, greasy products that did not suit my skin type of combo. This seems to have a very nice natural coverage that is buildable and an oddly matte finish! PERFECT Bourjois, bravo!

Maybelline ~ Rocket Volume Express mascara.
What the deuce? WHERE'S MY RIMMEL? Kidding, I was sent this as part of a secret santa exchange and my initial thoughts were not too good. But after leaving it for a month it seems to be a bit drier now and easier to build up on my lashes. I take back my initial thoughts with no hesitation as my lashes do look a lot more voluminous.

byTerry ~ Baume de Rose.
With my current state of lip chappage I needed to pull out the big guns as nothing is helping. Is it just me or have I been loving rose scents lately... weird?! Anyway, this seems to be a pot of magical balm that adds a milky tint to my lips that I love. I'm thankful I bit the bullet and bought this whilst the UK VAT had been lowered to 15%.

Anthem of the week!
The Neighborhood ~ Sweater Weather (Vaski remix).
The original I do really love, but this is such a crank up the volume, dance and sing-a-long track. Vaski, you steal my ears with this one everytime.



Well, weekend plans are underway! Challenge burger and drinky plus with a girlfriend :)
What have your favourites been lately and have a good weekend!!
Thanks for reading ♥

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Zoeva #322 Brow Line brush.

#Nevertrustsomebodywithbadeyebrows

Well.
I am an absolute sucker for a good strong man brow. Yes, that's right! I like my brows chunky, full and flattened :)

Which had me consider a new brow brush recently. Don't get me wrong, I do quite like my trusty SUQQU Eyebrow G but have been hankering for something with shorter bristles and wider brush. This lead me to Zoeva (thank you Laitae!)... I do like synthetic brushes, some of my HG brushes are inexpensive synthetics to be fair. But wow this brand seems to be a much better deal than Sigma are these days!

I settled on the #322 Brow Line brush from Love-Makeup, although at the time of typing this it is currently out of stock. It also seems to be out of stock on Zoeva until early March, this site does ship internationally too.


The brush comes nicely packaged in a lovely zip up case, one shall be using this for brush storage in my bag! Also a little plastic sleeve to protect the brush which admittedly I toss straight into the bin.

In comparison to the SUQQU, it is much shorter and wider indeed. Sorry, had to retake the picture as it was originally extremely dark... So this is after a pathetic wipe attempt. The SUQQU G is certainly ideal for a soft natural look, but does involve a lot of brushing out with a spoolie afterwards as it tends to give a fair bit of depth in colour application. The Zoeva however, seems to be perfect for a more softer approach. It certainly seems to cover a wider area, for me this is essential in my early morning rush to get ready. What I do actually prefer from this brush is the thin straight line application, giving me a far more structured brow!



Top: Zoeva (left) and SUQQU (right)
Bottom: Zoeva (top) and SUQQU (bottom)
 
Overall, I am quite impressed with this brush that only cost 5.50GBP! I may have to dabble in a few more once I sort out my job situation (I have interviews all over the place as I need to get out of my current role, lol)

Hopefully that is of some use to somebody out there!
Any other brow brushes I should consider? Leave a comment or send me an email :)
Thanks for ready ♥

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3.

Hello!

As I sit here pondering about blueberry pancakes, bacon and porridge... It may be morning right now, I thought I'd better kick start my swatches of my most recent purchase! Yes, I gave in to it's cry of glory. I purchased the Naked 3 palette. Now, this is a very odd move for me since I tend to favour more warm or golden tones for eyeshadows (explaining my on going affair with Naked 1!). But after I spotted it at the counter in my local Debenhams store, I had to swatch it... There was no going back, some of these tones were exactly what I have been looking for in my stash lately and seemingly missing as I purged a lot of my rosier pinks a long time ago :O

On to the imagery... We all know what to expect of this palette now as it's been available for quite some time. So nothing new here!



My camera flash killing it as always!

And close ups in more 'natural' light, bring on the spring sunshine as I'm sick of not getting decent light. Right, let's get on with the swatchings. Now my arms are somewhere between NC25-30, probably closer to NC25 as it's winter! I swatched the shadows on bare skin, no primer and with my finger :) I had to adjust my camera settings for the second half as the shades were pulling very cool, which they are a tinge but they are a bit more pink toned on me.




Left to right:
Strange ~ Matte
Dust ~ Glitter
Burnout ~ Shimmer
Limit ~ Matte
Buzz ~ Shimmer
Trick ~ Shimmer




As you can see, slight adjustment which actually shows my red arm from removing the shadows!
Left to right:
Nooner ~ Matte
Liar ~ Metallic
Factory ~ Shimmer (low)
Mugshot ~ Metallic (I love this guy!!)
Darkside ~ Shimmer (low)
Blackheart ~ Glitter (low)

It genuinely shocks me that I picked this up, I think the kicker was how genuinely smooth all the shadows felt to touch/swatch instore even on the tester palette! My brand new one is even nicer, there seems to be a difference in this palette and my original release of Naked 1... Was expected as I know Urban Decay reformulated recently, but still this is for the better.

After a very foolish mistake whilst doing my work FOTD yesterday, these have genuinely proved themselves to me. I may have forgotten to put on primer, which with my eyelids is essential due to my good ol' hooded lids. I thought, heck I'll continue and put these to the real test! To my surprise, on returning home after a very tedious 8hr shift on a Saturday... My eyeshadow was still perfect with no creasing! Mugshot, you have won my heart :)

Well, that is enough ramblings for a Sunday... Would love to hear your thought on combinations for this palette!
Enjoy the weekend and thanks for reading ♥

Friday, 21 February 2014

Friday Favourites #7.

Good morning everyone!

Well, it's time to get onto this weeks favourites. It's been a bit of a different week quite frankly... Been mixing up some stash faves, new products and completely random items?! Shopping ones stash does come up with some interesting results, although I do feel another large purge coming on which means it'll be time for another blog sale :)

Anyways...

Please excuse the pictures, lighting really sucks in my apartment and the sun doesn't want to stay in or out for more than 5 seconds a time  meaning flash randomly kicked in!


Blistex ~ Intensive Moisturiser.
My lips are completely dried up and peeing like no other atm, this stuff is not my HG for these conditions but it's what I had access too. I'm quite surprised at how much I actually do like this, certainly is the key player in the restoration of my lip hydration. It does have that classic Blistex tingle and scent however.

OPI nail polish  ~ Live.Love.Carnival.
I only bought this guy on Monday, but it has been stuck to my nails since. As someone who bores easily of polish shades, I love the slightly neon coral hue of this one. Perfect to kick me back into spring after the winter months.

Shu Uemura ~ Nobara Cream Cover Stick (#754).
I had honestly forgotten I even had this as I had been living in very full coverage foundations. But this is utterly perfect for my early morning starts and combination skin. Gives my face the perfect natural finish I love.

byTerry ~ Touche Veloute (#2 Cream).
This wonderful concealer/highlighter is admittedly far too pale for my too use as a normal concealer. I have been using this as a highlighter however, to softly contour my face.

BeneFit ~ Bad Gal pencil.
This was actually one of those legendary Glamour magazine freebies I used to grab. I was never really fond of this pencil as it wasn't quite as inky black as I'd hoped. But I have recently been favouring a more softened look for my lower lash line, which means this has been working like a charm. It is really soft and smudgy as one would expect. I do wish it would last longer though!

Wet n Wild ~ Fergie Eye Primer.
This is actually the shocker for me! I am a huge fan of NARS and Makeup Academy's primers, so never really considered anything else, but this was sent to me in a very generous package (thank you eyescatchfire!). This is much more matte than I expected, but really does hold up on my creasey lids all day.



Cheers flash .______.

Urban Decay ~ Naked 3 palette.
I did give you a sneak preview in my last post, but I have genuinely been obsessed over this palette since I brought it home! Who would have thought I'd even consider such rosey, cool tones?! I will say these shadows are much smoother than my original Naked (first release with dual liner) palette. I am even considering getting the Naked 2 and Naked Basics palettes :O

MAC blush ~ Well Dressed.
This was one of my first MAC blushes, also one that I tend to ignore as I always have mixed feelings about it. (I think it was good ol' Lollipop26 that triggered this purchase). But on top of brinzer, it gives me the most subtle blushed finish, great for my more dramatic eye looks.

Real Techniques ~ Miracle Complexion Sponge.
I bet none of you expected such a purchase (hey, discount at Escentuals!!)... To think I have gone so long without ever considering any of this fancy sponges?! I am utterly amazed at how my foundation looks after using this, even with something as heavy as Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer.

Fyrinnae ~ Oil Control finishing powder.
I got this with my most recent Fyrinnae haul, more a spur of the moment addition as I quite liked the Hollywood Sorcery finishing powder. I have to say, it absolutely does slow down more crazy oily tzone! I have just been tapping on a little bit over my tzone along side my usual Rimmel Stay Matte and I haven't needed to touch up my base makeup at work at all.

On that note!
Anthem of the week.
Caravan Palace ~ Rock it for me.
This is very unusual for me to like, but dang the entire album (Panic) is utterly amazing :)



Well, that's all for today. Time to get swatching for you lot...
Have a fab weekend and thanks for reading ♥

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Happy New Year...? Whoops, it's almost the end of February already!

Well, good evening people!

Long time no see you ask? Well, I have been a tad busy working stupid hours now that I mentor new employees at work... But I shall not go into that!
How is everyone and I hope 2014 has gone well so far! I bring you haulings and a FOTD... Up first is a bit of a random haul when I was going for some B2M lipsticks yesterday. Things junped into my hands, I swear! :)




Well, who would have ever thought I'd pick up Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette?! My initial thoughts of this palette were, MEH quite frankly. Rosy pink hues? No thank you. Then I touched it. I felt it. I needed it! So many of the shades were what I have been looking for within my own stash, I couldn't NOT get it right? RIGHT? I also grabbed my B2M lipsticks of Chatterbox & Russian Red along with a repurchase of Studio Fix Fluid (can't believe this is my fourth bottle!). Finally adding Bourjois CC Cream and OPI Live.Love.Carnival nail polish. I think a review of the Bourjois CC Cream will be coming up and I need to get back to my Friday faves right?

Anyways... Onto a quick FOTD. A certain Driveller blogger, sent me a rather freaking awesome package towards the end of last year. An absolute pick me up and a half! This package contained the magical Shiseido Eye Bar I had been coveting since the pre-release info fell upon my eyeballs. I won't bore you with swatches as they are already all over the interwebs, but here is one of my favourite looks I have done with the palette as of late.

Many apologies for the puffy winter face, I have gained weight and really need to do something about this issue. Flash also kicked in, which is a PITA but it is rather dark atm still... Bring on summer already!





Products used.
Face:
Shu Uemura Nobara stick foundation ~ 754
Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder ~ Translucent
Edward Bess bronzer ~ Daydream
MAC blush ~ Well Dressed
Hard Candy Baked bronzer ~ Tiki
MAC Fix+ Rose

Eyes:
MUA Eye primer
Shiseido Eye Bar
~ Licorice (lid & lower eye)
~ Curacao (inner eye)
~ Soda (over licorice & brow bone)
~ Champagne (inner corner)
Wet n Wild Brow Kit ~ Ash Brown
Benefit Eyeliner ~ Bad Gal
DollyWink liquid liner pen ~ Black
Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara

Lips:
SUQQU Creamy Glow Moist ~ EX-01

Well, that's all for this evening. Better jump in the shower and continue on with Independence Day (come on, I love this film!).
Thanks for reading ♥