Sunday, 4 May 2014

My MAC Alluring Aquatic Summer 2014 Haul!

Hey guys! So when I saw the upcoming MAC Alluring Aquatic collection on Specktra (link) I fell in love with the packaging! I knew I definitely had to pick up some items. I haven't had a chance to try anything properly yet but I did take some pictures of my haul that I wanted to share. I picked up two Cremesheen lipsticks in Mystical and Goddess of the Sea, a bronzer compact in Golden and an Extra Dimension Blush in Sea Me, Hear Me. I did want to pick up an Extra Dimension eyeshadow or two but I couldn't bring myself to spend £16.50 on a mini shadow. Also, I didn't find that the colours of the eyeshadows were anything too unique and I was sure I could dupe them in my stash. Anyway, on to the pictures!

Extra Dimension Blush in Sea Me, Hear Me "Beige pink"

Left: Mystical Cremesheen lipstick "Midtone creamy rose"
Right: Goddess of the Sea Cremesheen lipstick "Dark vibrant violet"
Isn't the packaging just to die for?
Bronzing Powder in Golden. The compact is gorgeous!

So that's it for my haul! I can't wait to try everything out, especially the purple Goddess of the Sea lipstick. I'm a sucker for a good purple. I'm really glad I got everything that I wanted from this collection! Well done MAC for this beautiful collection!

Do you like my purchases? Are you going to pick up anything from this collection?

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Maybelline Master Drama Chromatic Eyeliner Review

Hi There!

Today I'll be taking a look at Maybelline Master Drama Chromatics eyeliners, in the shades Turquoise Vibe and Purple Light.

They cost me £2.99 each, or would have if I hadn't used my Boots points! The liners come in black pencils with clearly marked lids for their colours. I like the packaging as I found it really easy to store them when I could see what colours they were via the lids, although the lids had a tendency to come off pretty easily.
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The liners themselves are very creamy and comfortable to wear, and I LOVE the colours that I bought. I found the texture to be comparable to the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On liners but they didn't last as long throughout the day - they were still there when I got home from my day, but I found that at this point the colour wasn't as vibrant or pronounced as it was once applied. I also found the bright colours pretty difficult to wear on their own, so when I wore them I generally stacked them on top of a black gel wing, like so:

I really like these liners and found them definitely worth the money, I'll be sure to check out the other colours - most particularly the gold, as I'm a sucker for gold eye products!

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Sunday, 1 December 2013

Amy's Top 5 Autumn/Winter Lip Colours

Hey everyone! Today I'm going to share with you my top 5 A/W lip colours. Let's get started. 

The first lipstick I have here is Kate Moss for Rimmel 107. It is a matte deep red colour. I love this colour and it feels great on the lips for a matte. Lasting power is average, around 2-3 hours with no liner.

This is the L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash in the shade Milady. The colour is a berry purple hue, similar to Rebel that I will show you later. These Stain Splashes are quite possibly my favourite lip products ever! They're super glossy but also long wearing too. I wore the red shade, Juliet, to a party and I only had to touch up once. That was with drinks and all. Love it!

The third lip colour I have here is Ruby Woo by MAC. It is a vivid, blue based red even though in the photo it looks more orange. MAC's Retro Matte formula is the most matte lip product I have ever encountered. As a result, it is slightly drying but I do not mind putting up with this because the staying power is fantastic. I love pairing this with winged liner for a classic look!

This shade is Rebel by MAC. It is a berry fuchsia colour. It is similar to Milady (above) but Rebel is more pink. This is my all time favourite lip shade! I love the colour so much as it's perfect for this time of year. It looks great as an every day shade or you could dress it up for a party. It's a Satin formula so it has a mostly matte finish but it's more moisturising than a full on matte. I can't say enough about this lipstick, it's definitely a staple for me and I will repurchase a hundred times over!

My last lipstick is Dark Side by MAC. This is a new lipstick for me and I haven't actually had a chance to wear it out yet. I love the colour! It's a gorgeous vampy red. It's an Amplified Creme formula which  I've heard nothing but great things about. Amplified Creme lipsticks are supposed to be moisturising, creamy and have great staying power. I can't wait to wear this in December as I can see it looking perfect on snowy days.

So, there you have it! My top 5 A/W lip colours. Please excuse the poorly applied lipstick, I'm not used to seeing my lips this close up. 

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Lucy's Top 5 Winter Lip Colours

Hi there!

Today I'll be looking at my top 5 favourite lip colours for winter.
My chosen 5 are:
  • Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Rioja Red
  • Sleek Gloss Me Lip Gloss in So Berry Nice
  • MAC Craving (Amplified)
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Iced Amethyst
  • Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Vamp

Sleek Matte Me in Rioja Red
Rioja Red is a vibrant blue-toned red. It applies as a gloss with a doe foot applicator but dries to a completely matte finish with no transfer and huge colour payoff - in fact the colour is so bright I sometimes struggle to use this as an every day lip colour. I found this to definitely be at the top in terms of colour and application, but found it quite drying when worn on it's own. The colour lasted several hours, but eventually started to wear off towards the centre of my lips. I particularly loved this lipstick when worn with a gloss over the top, most particularly:

Sleek Gloss Me in So Berry Nice
So Berry Nice is a bright blue red with red glitter. This is my favourite of the two to wear on it's own as it is very comfortable, but I favour it when layered over the top of Rioja Red to make it less drying. It also darknes RR, making it more wearable for the day and the glitter makes it all the more festive! so Berry Nice tends to be quite sheer when worn alone, but still brings a red pigment to your natural lip colour that looks gorgeous. I will definitely be buying more of the 'Gloss Me' range to layer over my other matte lip colours.

MAC Craving
Craving is probably my favourite of all of these products as it's very comfortable to wear, and the plum tones really brings an Autumn/Winter look together. I also love it so much because I'm still branching out into purples and plums and so love the warm pink tones. I would definitely recommend this is you're wary of purples.

Revlon Super Lustrous Iced Amethyst
Iced Amethyst is most likely my least favourite of the 5 products mentioned here before, purely because I'm not really a fan of the glitter in it. It's a gorgeous wearable purple colour but I find myself wearing it less than all of my other lipsticks as I don't find the shimmer in it to always be flattering. Nevertheless Iced Amethyst has made it into my top 5 as I find Revlon's Super Lustrous range to be comfortable to wear and the colour is just so lovely.

Sleek True Colour in Vamp
(Yes, I'm aware of how many Sleek products are in this post, but I don't seem to be able to control myself whenever I'm near the display)
 Last but by no means least is Vamp, a deep blue red with blue undertones. A matte lipstick, Vamp can be a little drying but this has not hindered my love for it in the slightest (when I don't feel like wearing it alone I pop a bit of So Berry Nice on top). My first truly dark lipstick, Vamp is my perfect red for those dark winter days, and also my go to colour for a lovely 20's feel - which I am shamelessly loving after the release of the new Great Gatsby film.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 27 September 2013

MUA/Fashionista Custom Palettes Assembly and Review

Hey there! Today I'll be taking a look at Make Up Academy and Fashionista's custom palettes, and talking you through how the assembly is as well as the shadow quality.
The colours come in single compacts so you can keep them as monos as well as popping them out and assembling them into a palette. I found the compacts really easy to disassemble and get out of the compacts themselves.
I LOVE how the pans in the palette have no bottom as the shadows have the shades printed on the bottom, it's so so easy to just flip your palette over and take a look at what the name of the shade is.
Assembled! I ordered two four-pan palettes, creating an Autumn colours palette as well as a neutral one. I think the palettes themselves look lovely once assembled, and simply couldn't resist getting a second after I started looking at the colours!
Autumn palette
Neutrals palette
Arm swatches! Autumn palette
And the neutrals palette
Admittedly I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the shadows themselves but they're very good for the price, and I simply adore being able to make custom palettes without having to splurge on MAC or another high end brand. I would seriously recommend checking out the Fashionista range and taking a look at these custom palettes. 
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks Review

Hey there! Today I'll be reviewing Revlon's Super Lustrous lipsticks, I have four shades - two being a pearl finish, and two being matte. 

I personally really like the Revlon lipstick packaging, as I think the black tubes are simple but the flat tops with clear lids make them really easy to store. They cost £7.49 each, but at the moment I'm taking advantage of the 2 for £10 deal that seems to be on at both Boots and Superdrug - sadly Iced Amethyst is a US shade, so if you're interested in it you'll have to order online.

The four shades I have are Smoked Peach (matte), Pink Pout (matte), Softsilver Rose (pearl), and Iced Amethyst (pearl).

First up, arm swatches!

Now, the lip swatches

Smoked Peach - a soft orange peach

Pink Pout - a very blue-toned pale pink

Softsilver Rose - a cool-toned rose with shimmer

Iced Amethyst - a cool violet with shimmer

The products themselves are smooth, creamy, and easy to apply straight out of the tube; I find them very comfortable to wear although the matte shades can be slightly drying, but not overly so. My favourite shade is Iced Amethyst as I love how it layers, although I also love Smoked Peach as I think it just looks so lovely.

I've found them to last several hours, also I prefer to wear them with Lipcote or a similar product as I like my lipstick to last all day.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Rimmel Apocalips Review, Swatches, Pictures

Hey everyone! So, today I will be reviewing the four shades I have of the coveted Apocalips Lip Lacquers.
The Apocalips are presented in space themed tubes that are pretty and unique. The bottom of the tube is clear which allows you to see the exact shade of the product housed inside.
The product itself is a glossy liquid lipstick that is super pigmented in one swipe.
Apocalips last around 3 hours for me, with Luna fading the fastest. They wear pretty well and fade to a soft matte finish before wearing off completely.
The lip lacquers have a faint scent that reminds me of the Kate Moss lipstick line. However, the scent in this product isn't as strong.

Now, onto the swatches!

Bare lips for reference

Luna is a pretty orange based peach

Celestial is a medium neutral pink

Nova is a bright, blue toned pink

Stellar is an orange based pink/red

I can't pick a favourite shade as I just love them all. Apocalips are gorgeous, long lasting and pigmented liquid lipsticks. I really love them! Now, if they just added a deep purple...