Sunday, 1 December 2013

The Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams have been on my shopping list for a good while, but it has been well worth the wait. Last month during my visit to New York, I picked up three in a shop called Ricky's near Union Square. The shades are Antwerp (coral), San Paulo (mid-toned pink) and Amsterdam (bright red). 
As the name of the product would suggest, the finish is matte however they're not drying which is saying something coming from someone who suffers from dry lips throughout the majority of the year. My favourite of the three is San Paulo as I find that warmer tones which aren't too light suit me a lot more, although I also really like the other two shades and can tell that I'll get a lot of wear out of them.
They're easy and quick to apply and tend to be quite opaque. If you're looking for a quick lip option with some colour to it, then these are for you. I'm not sure how many shades they do in total, however they certainly do more than these three so if these aren't to your taste but you like the sound of them, then check out the other shades available!

Have you tried the Soft Matte Lip Creams? Which one is your favourite?

Saturday, 16 November 2013

The NYC Haul

At the end of October, I was lucky enough to take a week long trip to New York which was amazing. I'd definitely recommend visiting the city if you're thinking about it as I had the best time there and already want to go back. 
Although most of my time was spent walking around the never ending streets and visiting all the obvious touristic sights, I managed to do a bit of shopping and pick up a few bits. Instead of writing about all the items I bought, I've filmed a haul on my YouTube channel, which you can check out below. A post about my trip to NYC will be coming your way soon!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Minimal & Quick Everyday Autumn Makeup Look

I recently posted a video on my YouTube channel of a tutorial of this look. It's super simple to do and doesn't require much time at all. What's even better is that I used all drugstore/high street products, so it's pretty affordable.

I really love this look - the eyes are super simple with just a tad of Maybelline's Eye Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze swept across the lid and lashings of L'Oreal's False Lash Telescopic mascara - my favourite.
I also have on Revlon's Nearly Naked foundation, Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer, the Bourjois Chocolate bronzer and a touch of Sleek's blush from the Lace Blush by 3 palette.
For the lips, I used a dab of vasaline and patted on a small amount of MUA's lipstick in Shade 1 (a medium-deep red) using my fingers. The result was a very autumnal berry/raspberry shade and I love it a lot. 

So that's pretty much my go to look for a simple Autumn day, and if you want to watch me apply it all then check out my video:

Thursday, 19 September 2013

My New Favourite Foundation

Ever since I posted a photo of this foundation on Instagram, I've had several people asking for a review on it, so I'm finally doing that today.

I've wanted this foundation pretty much forever but have always been put off by the price. £31 for a foundation is pretty ridiculous when you think about it, especially when you can pick one up from the drugstore for under a tenner. 

I've heard really great things about Chanel Vitalumière Aqua and the foundations that I owned before I bought this one weren't quite cutting it for me. They were either too light, too thick, too pink-toned or too shimmery and overall just not quite right so I really wanted a new foundation that I loved every aspect of.

Some time last year, I came extremely close to buying this product at House of Fraser, however when I asked for it, they had ran out of stock of the shade I wanted. I ended up never going back for it. However, when I did buy this, I had £20 boots voucher which meant I only had to pay £11 which made me feel a lot better about splashing out on a high-end foundation as I didn't really end up 'splashing out', I guess.

Enough of the rambling and on to the actual review. 

Upon first seeing the packaging of this product (well over a year ago now, probably), I didn't like it at all compared to Chanel's other foundations which come in a frosted (glass?) bottle.
However, I have grown to really love it as I'm not scared of it shattering in my makeup bag, it's a nice size and still manages to look sleek. It also has a small sort of "tip" which dispenses the product a million times better than any other foundation pump I've had because you can get the exact amount of product that you want out of it.

I've never been one to love or hate scents on products, but a nice scent that doesn't irritate the skin is always a plus in a product for me. I actually quite like the scent of this foundation, it's quite fresh and almost something you would expect in a skin care product. Not my favourite of all scents, but not something I hate either!

This is the most perfect shade for me ever. I'd always had it in my head of which shade I needed, which is B40 by the way, even though I didn't bother getting colour matched. Not the best thing to do if you want a foundation that matches your skin tone as close as possible, but luckily for me, it worked out pretty well.

Application and Coverage:
I apply this foundation using my fingers as it has quite a watery consistency. I then buff it over and blend it all in using either a Real Techniques buffing brush or expert face brush.
The coverage is light-to medium and very natural looking, making it perfect for the summer or for those days where you just want a lighter coverage. 

For me, Chanel Vitalumière Aqua stays put quite well and with a small dusting of powder over the top it lasts me a good few hours!

Thanks for reading if you made it all the way through this super lengthy review, but I hope it helped if you're considering buying this product, as I'd definitely recommend it!

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Autumn Scent

Lady Gaga Fame Perfume (50ml) - Boots

This is my new favourite scent for Autumn and will most likely carry through to Winter too. I've had this perfume for a while, but felt as though it wasn't as suitable for Summer, however in the evenings it was great. But I particularly love this scent during the colder months.

I'm really not the best at describing scents, so instead I'll just tell you what the description about it says:
"The fragrance evolves to a SENSUAL ACCORD of opulence, a fusion of dripping honey, saffron and apricot nectar.
A LIGHT ACCORD whispers magnificence. The rich floral layer of crushed tiger orchidea & jasmine sambac embody timeless beauty."
I can definitely smell the floral notes, however it's not your typical light floral fragrance, instead it also has a hint of sweetness to it. But to realise just how lovely this smells, next time you're by a perfume shop, go in and give this a quick sniff. It's good.

Another thing I love about this perfume is, of course, the black coloured liquid. It's something different in comparison to my other perfumes and obviously is a great selling point too.

I just have one more quick point to add before this turns into a ridiculously long review. The staying power of this perfume is insane. After 8 hours, it was still going pretty strong, obviously it smelt weaker than during the first hours of wear, but I wouldn't say it was faint, either. It was also still there after reaching the 11 hour mark, although considerably weaker. Still pretty good though?!

What's your favourite scent for Autumn?
Thanks for reading!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips

Maybelline Baby Lips - Cherry Me (£2.99)
 Maybelline Baby Lips - Pink Punch (£2.99)

So it seems that over a month of not blogging goes pretty fast. I'm bad at this frequent posting thing, I know. 

I've been meaning to do this Baby Lips review for a while, even though there's already been so much hype around them for a very long time. I can't remember exactly when I bought these, but I know it was a good while ago, perhaps around early August time, when they first hit the shelves of Superdrug in the UK. I'd already heard so much about them before Baby Lips were released in the UK, so I was so excited to give them a try.

I chose the shades Cherry Me, Pink Punch and Intense Care. 

I don't particularly love the colour of Pink Punch on my lips, however the scent is extremely addictive and reminds me of something I can't quite put my finger on. So 9 times out of 10 when I'm opening that product, it's probably to give it a sniff. 

As for Intense Care, the scent is almost almondy. Not my ultimate favourite scent, but still pleasant. This particular shade doesn't have any colour to it, so it's just like a regular lip balm. It's good, but not that good.

My favourite by far is Cherry Me. I'm not the biggest artificial cherry scent fan, but it's really grown on me. The thing I like most about this is the tint of the balm and the way it appears on my lips, which is a natural "your lips but better" colour. Perfect for on-the-go as a quick and easy option for everyday wear. Plus it's moisturising at the same time. So all in all, a great product for me.

I really want to get my hands on the Hydrate Baby Lips as I've heard that it's really good. But as for now, I'd probably recommend Cherry Me.

What do you think of the Baby Lips and which one's your favourite?
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Bourjois Color Boost Lipsticks and Bronzing Primer

Color Boost Lipstick - Orange Punch

Color Boost Lipstick - Peach On The Beach

I'm a huge fan of the new Color Boost Lipsticks, they give a strong, long lasting colour that also have the finish of a lipgloss. They are easy to reapply throughout the day as they can fit nicely into your makeup bag or in your handbag. Peach on the beach is probably my favourite shade out of two I've tried, however I still love Orange punch. I definitely want to pick up more shades of these.

Bronzing Primer - Universal Shade

This product is the Bourjois version of Chanel's Bronze Universel, however I haven't tried the Chanel one for myself so I wouldn't be able to tell you how they compare. I just can't quite justify the price for that product, but I was always interested in trying it, so when Bourjois brought out their much cheaper version, I was eager to get my hands on it.
I've only used this a couple of times and I'm really enjoying using it so far. I've never tried a cream bronzer before but this blends extremely well and actually looks quite subtle on my skin tone. It also has a sweet chocolate scent, similar to the Bourjois chocolate bronzer.