Monday, March 30, 2015

Lip Six

Lip Six is back this week after a weeks vacation!

Top row (L) NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never  (R) Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Giacomo (LE) Full review here

Middle row (L) Hourglass Femme Nude lip stylo in #4 Full review here (R) MAC Amplified lipstick in Girl About Town

Bottom row (L) NudeStix lip/cheek pencil in Sin (review coming Friday!) (R) Gucci Vibrant Demi Glaze Lip Lacquer in Carnelian (review coming Sunday!)

My pick?  Tough choices this week.  I loved rediscovering Girl About Town from MAC-I saw it on my instagram feed this week and was like 'where's mine?'.  The Gucci gloss is fabulous, there is a full review on Sunday of this shade Carnelian.  And Giacomo.  Oh Giacomo, so beautiful.  I said to my assistant James that Giacomo was my favourite boy and he said 'well you do realise Giacomo is Italian for James?'  Typical!

Which is your favourite?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl iconic liquid eye pencil review

Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl iconic liquid eye pencil review

Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl iconic liquid eye pencil review

Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl iconic liquid eye pencil review

Given that Charlotte Tilbury is known for her own love of eyeliner you would expect when she launched the 'Rock n khol iconic liquid eye pencil' that they would be good.

And they are.

But hold up-'liquid' plus 'pencil' doesn't seem to belong in the same sentence yet somehow I totally get what Charlotte means.  These kohl pencils apply so smoothly they feel almost liquid like and are super easy to work with.  They're soft so you can blend and smudge them easily but once set they don't budge all day.  They're also great on the inner waterline because of their soft texture and wax rich formula.

Barbarella Brown is a rich warm chocolate brown.  Veruschka Mink is my favourite (I already have a back up) and is a a kind of taupey-grey colour.  It looks great on green and blue eyes.  Eye Cheat is a little different and designed to be used on the inner rim to brighten eyes, reduce redness and make you look more awake.  I have tried dozens of this type of pencil (MAC, NARS, Illamasqua, Rimmel) and this one knocks the socks off all of them.  It's pigmented, creamy and lasts.  It's never going to last all day because you naturally blink it away but it's certainly the longest lasting one I have tried!

I think these are definitely worth the price tag and Elizabeth Violet is next on my wish list!

Have you tried these eye pencils from Charlotte Tilbury?

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!