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L'Oreal Paris Color Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette | Beige

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

I have wanted this palette ever since I saw preview posts of it online but frustratingly every time I had gone to purchase it online it had been out of stock, much to my delight I walked into my local Superdrug over the weekend and the L'Oreal stand was stacked with them and I brought this little gem home with me. Although equally as beautiful this palettes predecessor is more rose/pink toned and as I have yellow toned skin it just wouldn't have worked for me, where as this palette has everything I need in one place.

The formula of the eyeshadows is silky and the shades blend incredibly well. I love the fact there is a mixture of matte and shimmer shadows in this palette along with a decent sized mirror and a not so bad quality applicator/brush. The palette itself is sleek and much unlike anything I'm used to from L'Oreal, it definitely has a more high end feel to it.

This palette was definitely worth the wait and in my opinion worth the hype. Will you be purchasing one?

KIKO Long Lasting Stick Shadow | 06 Golden Brown | Swatch & Review

Sunday, 26 April 2015

KIKO really is the new kid on the block, last year we had Makeup Revolution with their purse friendly dupes for famous high-end favourites and now we have this Italian brand offering high quality cosmetics that will suit anyones budget. 

I got this eyeshadow stick in the Latest In Beauty Glamour Spring Edit Box (£16.99 inc p&p) and was really pleased with the shade I received as it's a muted, natural colour which is so me and perfect for either a natural daytime look or a more dramatic smokey eye for a night out. 

This eyeshadow stick is seriously impressive, it's really bendable and delivers the perfect mix of warm brown and gold shimmer. I got a full days wear (I'm talking 13 hours) with no signs of smudging or creasing and more importantly none of that beautiful gold shimmer strayed. 

What are your must-haves from KIKO?

Welcome To The Stash | MAC Patisserie

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

MAC Patisserie | rrp £15.50

I have lusted over Patisserie for longer than I care to remember and on the Easter Bank Holiday Friday when the weather was a little gloomy this famous nude just fell into my basket whilst browsing online.

Patisserie is from MAC's Lustre lipstick range meaning it's sheer and leaves a gorgeous non-sticky sheen to your lips. This seriously wearable pinky nude is going to become my new go-to lipstick I can just feel it.

Patisserie really is like my lips only better meaning I needn't worry about liner to prep and it's moisturising enough not to need to worry about applying balm beforehand (like I find i have to with some of MAC's more pigmented lipsticks). After wearing this lipstick everyday since receiving it I'm left wondering why on earth I didn't buy it before?!

Favourite Spring Base | Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream | rrp £9.99

After a nursing my skin back to health after a really bad bout of acne two years ago I have happily stepped away from the foundation and gravitated towards lighter bases. After reading so many great reviews on this CC cream but never having my skin in the place to try it this was my first choice for a lighter base.

Bourjois CC cream contains 3 colour correcting pigments to help level out skin tone, apricot for anti-fatigue, green for anti-redness and white for anti-dark spots. The formula is quite runny and I was not expecting it to give the level of coverage it does, one layer eliminates the redness I suffer from on my cheeks and evens out my tone.

I still apply concealer under my eyes as they are quite dark and find I have to set with a little powder as my skin can get quite oily in this warmer weather but I absolutely love the finish, it's so glowy and light. I like to apply with my fingers and then blend with a damp Beauty Blender and the result is so natural you can barely tell I'm wearing anything. The only thing I will say is that the shade I bought (Light) will be a problem for people with fair skin, I'm using fake tan at the moment meaning it's a perfect match but I definitely wouldn't get away with this in the winter as it's quite dark.

I'm definitely a convert. I can get just as much longevity from this CC cream as from any foundation I own and the coverage is better than some of the higher-end foundations in my stash.

Nails Inc The New White | Whitehall Review

Sunday, 12 April 2015

When Nails Inc released their 'New White Collection' I hurriedly bought three of the four shades, this being one of them. The New White Collection is described as 'an innovative collection of white based polishes. Enriched with Porcelain Flower extract - a rare flower from Thailand with recognised healing, therapeutic, illuminating and calming properties the range will help improve nail strength and health'. Whitehall is described as a white with a hint of peach to it, being obsessed with everything peach I couldn't wait to get it on my nails.

The formula of this polish is a bit of a nightmare, it's not overly watery but it did take me four coats to reach complete opacity, not a polish for a quick mani. Is this polish peach? Every person I asked said it looks pale pink and I think I'd have to agree. This shade is very similar to Barry M's Gelly Polish 'Rose Hip'.

Overall a bit of a disappointment colour and application wise. Such a shame as I really love the other two (White Horse Street - a pale lilac/grey and Swan Street - a pale mint).

Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick | Pastel Peach Review

Friday, 10 April 2015

I have a real love for Bobbi Brown products but when she released her Brightening Bricks I convinced myself for weeks that I had no need to purchase one as I have the majority of her blushers. After reading many posts and seeing swatches I caved a bought the only shade that really caught my eye - Pastel Peach.

Bobbi's Brightening Brick's offer 'your go-to product for a lit-from-within glow, combines the warmth of a bronzer and the soft flush of a blusher with a gorgeous, subtle glow'. First off I was surprised how light it was in person compared to the website picture...
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You can see there is more depth to each of the shades in the brick on the website photo compared to my own. I thought to myself that's ok, I'm pale (at my most colourful NC15) it will still offer enough pigmentation. It doesn't. Don't get me wrong I love the finish on my cheeks of all of the shades blended together but I do have to reach in to the pan with my brush about 5 or 6 times per cheek to get a decent amount of colour on my face.

I own Bobbi Brown's mono blusher 'Pastel Peach' and I really feel the Brightening Brick doesn't offer me anything I couldn't have achieved wearing said blusher with a powder highlighter over the top. I haven't tried the other shades in the line so I can't comment on those but if your any darker toned than me then (and this pains me to say) I would give this a miss.

Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan Mousse Light | Before & After

Thursday, 9 April 2015

As soon as the sun makes an appearance I start deliberating over which tanning product I'm going to use to help me fake that 'week away on holiday' glow - I mean who wants to bare legs so white they look purple on that first opportunity to wear a dress - after reading a feature on this product in this month's Glamour mag I thought I'd give this a shot.

Ok so what's it all about? It's a lightweight mousse formula which dries in 2 minutes and develops in an hour. This tanner gives an instant tan which means it's great for last minute nights out and makes it easier for application as you can see where it's going and after showering you are left with a golden glow which lasts up to 7 days. As I was so pale I decided to go for the shade Light to be on the safe side and I love the results.

The colour is very natural and golden, when I initially applied it the mousse had a red undertone to it and I was a little concerned that I would look a little orange but I think it looks great. What I love about this tanner is that if you feel the colour isn't deep enough after an hour of developing you can add another layer without looking streaky or patchy. 

Rimmel's Sunshimmer Tan Mousse has pleasantly surprised me, I have bought tanning products in the past for four times the price which haven't performed as well as this. If you're not a fan of that biscuity fake tan smell you get from tanners then you'll love this because it has a really fresh kinda baby wipe smell to it. If you're looking for a purse friendly self tan then check this one out, I got it on offer from Boots for £4.99 but the regular price of £7.99 for 150ml bottle still makes it a beauty bargain.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils | Swatch & Review

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Admittedly a little late to the party with the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils (phew try spitting that out after a glass or two!) but I have a good excuse... There has been very little on the hightstreet in the last year or so that has really caught my attention but when I heard people were comparing these pencils to the famous NARS lip pencils I had to snap a couple up! The two which grabbed my attention the most were 'Light It Up' and 'Keep It Classy' both of which are gorgeous not only in tone but texture also.

L Keep It Classy
R Light It Up

My favourite of the two without a doubt is 'Keep It Classy' as it's a gorgeous Kylie Jenner red toned plum shade that is so me. 'Light It Up' is a vivid red which I was expecting to lean more on the orange side however on it rings as a true red.

The formula of these little pencils is incredible, they apply smoothly and at first have a slight sheen to them which after a few minutes disappears and leaves you with velvety smooth matte lips. I know these pencils were marketed as a lipstick with the added benefit of being able to use as a liner, I personally can't use them as a liner unless freshly sharpened but the is not an issue for £4.99 a piece. I'm really hoping Maybelline release some further shades to the line as these pencils could give their more high-end rivals a run for their money.

Milani Baked Blush | Luminoso

Sunday, 5 April 2015

When I caught sight of this blush on a fellow Instagramer's feed I just knew it had to be mine. I have an ever so slight obsession with anything peach/coral toned so I took to the internet straight away to purchase it only to discover it was an American brand and it turned out to be a little more difficult to get hold of over here. I did however find them on a website called Beauty Crowd for the mere price of £6! 

This silky blush is the perfect mix between pigment and shimmer and really delivers a gorgeous wash of colour to your face. The formula of this blush is incredible for the price, it's so pigmented and buttery and applies so smoothly.

Excuse the poor photo (taken prior to leaving for work) but just look at this blusher on! I'm wearing the blusher alone, no highlighter or bronzer. I have worn this shade everyday since it arrived, it really has become my go-to natural day-time blusher.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick | Subtle Coral

Friday, 3 April 2015

I probably didn't need to make another addition to my already ridiculously large lipstick collection however when I hear that magical word 'coral' I have to purchase it, no matter what it is or how much it may set me back. When in boots the other week browsing the aisles I was drawn to the Max Factor stand for two reasons, their new Creme Puff Blushers and this chubby stick style lipstick.

So what's the Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick all about? Max Factor describe them as 'all the colour without the sticky opaqueness of a traditional lipstick. The formula is water based and penetrates the top layers of the lips to create non-transferable layers of colour with depth and intensity'. Firstly I wouldn't describe the finish intense or pigmented but more like something between a tinted balm and a solid gloss. My lips are naturally quite rosy coloured so I didn't benefit from this shade as much as I imagine others would.

Looking at the product itself it does look coral, the peache tones are obvious however as you can see it looks pink on my lips. The colour isn't a disappointment though, I have found this is one of those products which is great to apply on the go as it's not so pigmented you don't feel the need to apply in front of a mirror. Would I repurchase? Probably not. When thinking of a hydrating lip product that delivers intense colour through a pen style stick I much prefer my Chubby Sticks from Clinique.

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