Friday, March 27, 2015

Disappointing Products #5

Here's my latest round up of products I have found disappointing and why:

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre glosses
Why they're disappointing: Poor pigmentation

I dedicated a whole post recently to these glosses.  Whilst the formula is great (non sticky, relatively long lasting, glossy) the pigmentation was really poor.  These two especially-Portabello Girl and Hall of Fame look like clear gloss on my lips.

Lancome Artliner 24hr in Chrome
Why it's disappointing-It smudges everywhere

The colour of this liner is incredible-it's like a shiny steel grey and was pretty unique to my collection.  The problem with it is that it is so wet that as soon as you apply and then blink it transfers and it seems to go everywhere.  I have tried everything to stop it without fail.  Interestingly I have the 'normal' black version (not the 24hr) and it's one of my favourite liquid eyeliners ever but for some reason the 24hr one is a lot wetter and I just can't work with it.

Hourglass Immaculate foundation
Why it's disappointing-It splits and oxydises on the skin

This foundation was on my wishlist for so so long as it promises to stay matte all day, have full coverage and be oil free, humidity proof and waterproof.  I was advised against buying it when I was in Space NK by an adviser I would have trusted with my life a couple of years ago but when I was in Space NK at Xmas I picked one up.  I have only used it once but it was so horrendous I had to wash it off immediately.  When I applied it it buffed in fine but within minutes something I have never ever seen before happened.  The foundation started to split on my skin and oxydised so badly to a horrible orange colour.  It looked like it was stuck to my skin.  At £50 it is so expensive and is a very pricy mistake.

Tarte Amazonian Clay finishing powder
Why it's disappointing-the packaging makes the product so hard to get out

The reason this product is in this post is because the packaging is a nightmare.  It's smaller than a normal face powder and only has one tiny dispenser hole making it really frustrating to try and get enough product out.  I've shook it, tapped it and banged it to no avail.  The product itself could be holy grail but it's too much effort to get to it!

NARS Soft Touch eyeshadow pencil in Iraklion
Why it's disappointing-Poor pigmentation

This is my first eyeshadow pencil from NARS and if this is anything to go by will be my last.
On the hand it swatches great-the pigmentation seems good, the shade 'Iraklion' is a lovely light bronze colour, perfect for daytime.  But when I swipe it over my lids it is really hard to get detectable colour payoff and is impossible to build up.  It's really disappointing and leaves the lightest veil of colour on the lid.

I'd love to know if you have used and loved or hated any of these products!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks-Lovely, Sweet Talk, Baby Pink and Retro Coral

Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks-Lovely, Sweet Talk, Baby Pink and Retro Coral

Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks-Lovely, Sweet Talk, Baby Pink and Retro Coral

Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks-Lovely, Sweet Talk, Baby Pink and Retro Coral

Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks-Lovely, Baby Pink and Retro Coral, Sweet Talk

For the past few weeks I feel like I have seen these Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks on my instagram feed every single dayTasha and I seemed to be lusting after them constantly during our daily whatsapp chats and when I woke up to her messaging me a discount code I took the plunge and ordered four.

They're a mixed bag to be honest.

Baby Pink is by far the worst.  Not only does the shade not suit me at all (it's too milky for my complexion and looks odd), the formula is just horrible.  I obviously knew that these were 'matte' liquid lipsticks but it highlights every dry patch on the lips, is extremely drying and looks almost chalky.  Add to that that it emphasises lip lines, stays tacky after application and leaves a horrible ring of colour as it fades I was pretty much ready to throw the rest out.

Lovely fairs better-it has more mauve in it so stops me looking so washed out.  It's still drying but not as drying as Baby Pink and when it fades it doesn't leave that nasty ring.

Sweet Talker and Retro Coral leave me on the fence.  I really like both colours (Sweet Talker is probably my favourite shade of them all) but again they feel quite uncomfortable on the lips and don't fade well.

Personally for a matte liquid lipstick I prefer either the Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipsticks or the Sephora Cream Lip Stains over these.  Latasha has also written a review on the two she picked up (forever mutual enablement) and you can read her thoughts here.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Product Rave-Zoeva Mixed Metals eyeshadow palette

Zoeva Mixed Metals palette review,

Zoeva Mixed Metals palette review,

Zoeva Mixed Metals palette review,

Zoeva Mixed Metals palette review,

Zoeva Mixed Metals palette review,

Sometimes there are products that come into your life that are SO good that you want to blog about them immediately and tell the whole goddamn world.  This is one of them.  There was a genuine OMG moment when I first started playing with this palette and I cannot get enough of it.

This is my first ever product from Zoeva and I ordered mine after seeing Sharon Farrell use it in one of her tutorials.  I thought it looked nice when she used it but I have been literally blown away by the consistency of this little palette now I own it myself.

The palette itself is housed in a super slim cardboard compact-nothing fancy but great for travelling.  It has no mirror which is slightly annoying but everything has a mirror these days so it's not a huge deal.

The shadows are so easy to use-they have that lovely silky, almost 'spongey' like texture, there is very little fall out and the pigmentation is fantastic.  They also blend so easily making smoky eyes a breeze and they keep their colour definition when blended-i.e they don't all blend into one shade.

Once on the eye they last all day.  Literally all day with no fading, creasing or fallout.  I could rave about this palette forever.  My favourites from it are Platinum which is such an unusual green toned steel, and Alloy a purply taupe.  But I have now used them all and there is not one dud.  Even the matte black is the easiest to work with one I have ever used.

Below I wore a simple combination of Warm Silver and Aluminum.

Zoeva Mixed Metals palette review,

And here (taken in very bright sunlight in Cairo) Alloy all over the lid with Platinum in the crease and a touch of Rusty Steel in the centre of the lid.

Zoeva Mixed Metals palette review,

Below I used Rusty Steel and Onyx

This palette is incredible value at EUR17.50 (about £12.50) and mine was shipped to Dubai.  I'm going to be raving about this for weeks to come and I think I may need to add a couple more to my collection-Rose Garden and Naturally Yours have my name all over them!

Friday, March 20, 2015

YSL Volupté Tint In Oil-6 Peach me love

YSL Volupté Tint In Oil-6 Peach me love

YSL Volupté Tint In Oil-6 Peach me love

YSL Volupté Tint In Oil-6 Peach me love

YSL Volupté Tint In Oil-6 Peach me love

Last year, YSL launched their new Gloss Volupté lip glosses which were a big hit with me-I reviewed 206 Fuchsia Oran and have since picked up two more and wear them a lot.

YSL have now upped their gloss game to the next level with their newest release-the Volupté Tint In Oil.  When I first heard about them I was a bit on the fence-oil on the lips doesn't sound particularly pleasant-but then really how appealing does oil in your hair and on your face sound?  Not very yet we're all doing it.  It's nourishing and repairing we're told.  And my lips are constantly in need of nourishment and repair....

So when Lis and I found ourselves accidentally on purpose in Dubai Mall last week, in between mouthfuls of cake, gossip and Chuck Bass fawning we found ourselves in Bloomingdales, at YSL, swatching these little tubes of gloss.  I picked up three to swatch but all three seemed very sheer and looked the same colour on my hand.  So I just purchased up one-6 Peach me love (in truth the other one I wanted was out of stock) but I was surprised that they stained my hand and I needed a good old amount of Bioderma to shift them.

I really love the feel of the gloss on the lips-it feels so lightweight and water like and the initial effect is a glass like shine that I love.  And they're buildable!  As you can see from my pictures, a second coat gives a much deeper more intense colour.  After the gloss has gone there is a definite stain left behind that really stays well.  But my lips do feel really nourished and hydrated.  I need more.

These glosses have the same 'lip shaped' applicator as the Gloss Volupté's and application is very easy direct from the tube.  The only thing I would say is that this shade is definitely a pink rather than a peach on me so 'peach me love' doesn't seem the best shade description.

But don't be put off by the word 'oil'.  The 'oils' in the formula are super nourishing apricot kernal, jojoba seed, coriander fruit and possiflora edulis oils but the texture really is light as a feather without any trace of oiliness.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WIN!! NARS Dual Intensity Palette giveaway

Well good morning!


Marks the 500th post on my blog which is now 2.5 years old.
Is my birthday!

Two good reasons to say a massive thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my blog and an even bigger high five to those who comment and say nice things!

I recently hit 1800 followers on both twitter and instagram, 1300 on Bloglovin and 500,000 page views so as a thank you I am giving away a brand new NARS Dual Intensity Eye palette.  This is an international giveaway which will run for a month.  Follow the rafflecopter widget instructions below for how to enter.  Entries will be checked.  Yadda yadda yadda.

Good luck and thank you! 

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