Wednesday, 27 August 2014

My hearts of the week: Top 5 lip products

Hey everyone,

So I thought I'd share with you my top 5 lip products including 3 lipsticks, a lip-gloss and one feeling like a mixture of the two.   These are my top most loved and most worn in my collection, also all are perfect for the summer to autumn transitional weather. (all swatches at the bottom)




My first and fav is the Loreal Paris collection Privee colour riche lipstick in Julianne's nude shade.   This is an amaaaazing pinky/nude and really suits my skin tone, it is a "my lips but better colour" with the perfect amount of sheen.   The lipstick also lasts a really long time so the formula is amazing and feels very luxurious on my lips with minimal re-application needed.   Also the packaging for a drugstore lipstick to me looks very chic with the velvet black and gold case.




Next up we have the Urban Decay Lip Junkie lip-gloss in the shade 'Naked' which I often wear over the top of my previous pick.   The sad part is this is a tester size as I recived it when I bought my Naked 2 palette but now I NEED the full size version.   It claims to 'cool and plump' which I definietly agree on as with the minty sensation you can really tell it is working! It is not at all sticky and horrible, also great to wear on its on.



My most recent purchase and what I've been wearing a lot lately is the Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in the shade 16 by Rimmel.   Now I think everyone in the blogging world loves these lipsticks as they are affordable and great quality.   But often this shade gets over looked for Kate's deep and true reds, the shade needs its moment.   Its is so pretty and has shades of pink/coral and a slight orange.   I wear this by dabbing it onto my lips as it looks more natural.   Also it reminds me of Kylie Jenner's lips (and who doesn't love Kylizzle).   However if you cannot stand makeup products that smell then the Rimmel lipsticks are not for you, as they all smell very strongly of vanilla.




What I had my eye on for a while was the Topshop Gloss Ink in the shade Cruel, which I gave in and had to purchase on my trip to London in march, and ever since I have been wearing it none stop!   It's a weird one to describe but I'm gonna say its a mixture of a lipstick and a lip-gloss but does dry yet still looks shiny.   The colour is very bold and vampy and perfect for autumn/winter months.   But I do get a lot of lovely comments every time I wear this.   However I would suggest wearing a lip liner with this stage as I do because it tends to bleed on my lips and can look very strange as they get dry.   Again being very affordable as it is Topshop and very good quality.




Last but not least is the perfect red shade for me, being the Avon Extra Lasting lipstick in 'Vintage Pink'.   Now on the swatch that I did it does look quite pink but on my lips looks very red.   Avon has recently changed the packaging so mine is the old one which I'm sorry but I prefer.   It does last a long time but I wouldn't say 'Extra Lasting' just the average amount.   It smells like sweets too therefore I cannot recommend this enough.




left to right...
Loreal, Urban Decay, Kate Moss, Topshop, Avon


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Loreal colour riche in Julianne's nude for the collection privee'
Urban Decay Lip Junkie lip-gloss in 'Naked' the only shade I could find sorry 
Kate moss Lasting Finish lipstick in shade 16
Topshop Gloss Ink in 'cruel'
Avon Extra Lasting lipstick 'vintage pink' 


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Review: Benefit The POREfessional Shine-Vanishing PRO Powder (Agent Zero Shine) For combination/oily skin

Hey Everyone,

So I have another little review today of Benefit's newest powder edition called The POREfessional shine vanishing/agent zero shine.   I've given this a good testing because I have been using it ever since I purchased it a month or two after it first came out.   I thought I'd give it a go due to all the hype and secrecy around the product.

The cutest little packaging 


The top acts as a lid that you pour the loose powder into then swirl your brush around and apply on your face!

As you can see it is a loose powder and contains 7.0g but looks like your getting a lot more product.   The colour once applied to the skin is translucent so don't be alarmed that the immediate colour is a beige/buff.   It is definitely better than my normal everyday powder (Rimmel Stay Matte) which I still use very often due to the £23.50 price tag of this powder being expensive for me as a student.

A loose velvety powder

I can see a difference in my pores once I apply this and my makup tends not to slip off my very oily face throughout the day unlike the Rimmel.   However it isn't amazing and I'm not sure if I would repurchase this product as it claims to 'Mattify' and named 'agent zero shine' and for me it just doesn't work for that purpose unfortunately.   It does keep my facial oils at bay for at least 4/5 hours which isn't great being at college everyday and having the faff to re-apply it at 12 and again at 4.

Claims to mattify but doesn't do much for me 

But it would work amazingly with those of you who just have combination skin or just an oily T-zone.   Another thing is the amazing texture it feels so light and soft on my skin, this part I really Love about it!   Also we have to talk about the amazing packaging which I really enjoy using, but benefit are known for that! and the handy brush that comes with it and screws off at the bottom is great quality and so soft not at all itchy.   This means great for travelling which is also a plus point.

This brush is so soft!

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Rimmel stay matte Powder
Benefit The POREfessional Powder

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

My Top 5 Summer Nail Polish Picks!

Hey everyone,

Now I love nail polish, like I have a serious addiction and have waaaay too many! but there's always room for more haha! So I thought I'd share with you my top 5 summer picks...


My Five summer picks
every swatch is at the bottom of this post 

My personal fav to start off with is the Leighton Denny I love Juicy, which is the perfect summer shade, not at all neon but just bright enough.   This also looks great with a tan.   Not at all shimmery, the perfect redish-pink that everyone should own! I am a big fan of the Leighton Denny formula's because the are so amazing quick drying, no chipping, sooooo shiny even without a top coat definitely high performance and I recommend.



My next pick works so well over the 'I Love Juicy' shade as well as on its own, and it's Ciate' Pinkaboo.   I would describe this as shimmery holographic pink confetti-ness, so special and rare that it was my holiday toe nails for this summer.   Again I very good staying and only needs 1 coat.   Plus who doesn't love a Ciate' bottle?



My first pastel/nude pick is Essie's Fiji, which also looks amazing with a tan on holiday! However the only problem I have is the formula, now I haven't tried any other Essie shades but the formula of this one is quite bad...but the colour definitely makes up for it! It's like a muted strawberry milkshake colour.   It needs a least 3 coats maybe 4 which is quite bad for a higher drugstore nail polish being quite thick so with the 3 coats can often look clumpy and nasty.   But apart from that amazing!



My 4th pick is another nude however this time an incredible formula being the Nails Inc Sau Paulo Streets which is a collab with InStyle magazine, so if you can get your hands on this special definitely snap it up!   Such a stunning colour that you will always look put together with and effortless.   It's an all seasons shade.   The formula as I said is incredible and lasts for miles longer than 7 days, and with only 1 coat is wow just wow.



I have saved another fav for last, being Barry M Hi Shine in Blueberry.   THE ultimate sky blue polish, which I think I may over wear but heeeey its pretty so its an excuse haha!   Also the price makes me very happy and I can use it and know if it runs out I can easy repurchase it.   But the Barry M has a great colour range including glitters, matte's, shimmers, sand effects, metallic's, hi shine and the norms.   Staying power is awesome very similar formula to the Nails Inc polishes, so you can't go wrong really.


swatches of every colour, all very unique!
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Leighton Denny I love Juicy
Ciate' Pinkaboo
Essie Fiji
Nails Inc Sao Paulo Streets...I could only find a link for this on ebay...sorry!
Barry M Blueberry 

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Foundation Review: Korres Wild Rose Foundation/Brightening/Long-lasting/SPF 20, 30ml, WRF2

Hey everyone,

 I've been testing this foundation for about 2 weeks now so I thought I'd give you a little review.






I bought this as I needed something with a heavier coverage, rather than my everyday BB cream.

Now to to put this foundation down but the smell is quite swimming baths like/chlorine smell which you wouldn't think for a rose named foundation, but don't worry the smell doesn't stay once on your face its just a bit off putting when applying it.   If you are very fair like me be VERY CAREFUL with the shades of these, as I bought the second shade in their line thinking it would be okay for my skin tone as I have recently been on holiday.   But boy was I wrong! as it is even too dark for me with my tan.   Although once blended into my skin with the real techniques expert face brush, it doesn't look to drastic.



This foundation is light to medium coverage which is perfect for summer, but definitely build-able.   The foundation also claims it is long-lasting, I would say it has a lasting power of 6 to about 8 hours, so pretty typical.

The finish of the foundation is quite velvety/dewy but I expected that due to the brightening affects and the high SPF 20 factor.   This however is a big no no for me due to having extremely oily skin I lurvve a matte finish, but I easily achieved this when I powdered.



Can we just talk about the packaging...I love it! I find it very chic and minimalistic with the bronzey/brown bottle and plain white writing.   But the most disappointing factor of all is that it does not come with a pump.


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foundation: the Original Factory Shop,

also available from korres.com (its the same foundation I think I just have the old packaging)
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