Monday, September 26, 2016

Lip Six

lipstick swatches

Happy Monday!  If you follow me on snapchat (Stadybelle) you might know that I am currently again on a business trip in Cairo and my mum is 'visiting' me in Dubai-or should I say Grandma is looking after my cat children.  My job involves frequent travel and putting my cats in the cattery every 3 weeks is something I hate doing because it's so stressful for them and they hate the journey in the car.  Once they are there they are very well looked after and whilst Chesney and Fizzy adapt pretty quickly, Ali has always been a bit of a (very loveable) oddball and doesn't like strangers at all.  So my mum very kindly offered to come over and babysit to give them a little break as since the end of June my schedule has been insane and they've spent a lot of time going up and down to the cattery.

I'll be back in Dubai on Wednesday and so will have 3 days with my mum before she heads back to the UK.  Then it's just a few weeks until I am home again for Xmas.  Insane in the membrane.  This year has gone so incredibly fast.

Let's talk lipstick-here are my last six lip picks:

Top row (L) Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Love Liberty (review!) (R) Dior Fluid Stick in Vertigo 689 (review!)

Middle row (L) Kylie Lip Kit in MaryJo K  (R) Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy lipstick in Rebellious Rose

Bottom row (L) Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Kingston (review! I'm actually so proud of that post!) (R) MAC Amplified lipstick in Chatterbox

Which is your favourite?
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

The review: Niod Low Viscosity Cleaning Ester

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know Niod is one of my favourite brands-not only their products but their whole ethos as a company really appeals to me.

Low Viscosity Cleaning Ester is a really unusual product-I don't think that I have tried anything quite like it in texture.  I was expecting this to either be a cleansing oil or a micellair water-yes I didn't really do my research before I bought it from Look Fantastic but I felt like I'd read good reviews about it.  It retails for £30, you get a massive 240ml and it lasts for ages.

The instructions are to massage onto a dry face and rinse off-so I expected a cleansing oil texture but when I used it, I felt like this didn't rinse clean and left a residue on my skin-but at the same time my skin felt softer than after I had used any other cleanser before.

It's a really really effective skin cleaner and it dissolves every scrap of make up, oil, dirt and grime on your face.  When you apply it to dry skin, it feels like a normal cleansing oil.  When you add water it feels more like a gel, the texture slightly thickens and softens.  But I did find it really difficult to remove, even with a damp flannel.  But then I discovered that actually, that 'residue' is fine to be left on the skin and it evaporates from the skin in time.  It's an unusual feeling for me but the residue left behind absolutely did not break me out and when I swiped my face with toner after cleaning there was zero make up residue left behind.  This would be the absolutely perfect make up remover for dry, sensitive skins because skin is left so comfortable afterwards.

Another huge plus for those with dry, sensitive skins is that this is fragrance free and contains no plant oils, detergents, alcohol, acids or water and uses isolated sugar and avocado esters to give that effective cleaning of the skin.  There is a full breakdown of the product and how it works here.

I love the almost clinical looking packaging and the fact that so little went such a long way.  If you're looking for a make up remover rather than a 'cleanser' with skin benefits, you'll struggle to find anything more efficient than this cleanser.  My love for Niod products continues....
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Airport make up haul!

See how restrained I was at the airport?  Five things.  You can barely call this a haul to be honest.

Here's a rundown of the five things I picked up at Manchester airport.

1-Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze

Laura's friend Christie had this on her cheeks at Laura's birthday and it was so so beautiful on her I had to buy it.  This is the original shimmer brick and it is for sure shimmery but it's so pretty and I absolutely love the glow it gives.  It's not chalky or glittery but there is a fair bit of powder kick up in the pan.  I use it mainly as a bronzer topper, this isn't something you would apply all over your face but it adds the nicest luminosity to the cheeks.  The mini brush that comes with the duty free version is actually really good as well; dense, soft and the perfect size to not over apply.

2-Estee Lauder Doublewear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Make Up

I love the original formula and this looks like a handbag/travel friendly version.  It had been on my wishlist for a while but then Simone's review cemented I would be picking this up in duty free.  I always find foundation wears off around my nose and chin as I am a chronic face toucher when I am deep in thought or concentrating so hopefully this will be good for mid afternoon touch ups in the office.

3-Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in 339 Gorgeous

I've been lusting after this gloss since seeing it on Lydia's youtube which luckily coincided with a small nude lipgloss obsession.  I absolutely love Dior lip products and I love the packaging and the formula of the Ultra Gloss-it's super shiny and non sticky.  Gorgeous is a sheer golden peach without any sparkle (a lot of the Dior Ultra Gloss have sparkle, the shade Princess is the best selling gloss worldwide and contains sparkle) and it works well on it's own or over one of the nude liners I love-Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk, L'Oreal Beige a Nu or Huda Beauty Bombshell all work perfectly.

4-MAC Trip The Light Fantastic Powder in Luna Lustre

Part of the MAC Star Trek collection which I have absolutely zero interest in, I could tell you nothing about Star Trek at all, I've never seen one episode.  But these powders were so pretty when I swatched them so I bought them.  Although called 'trip the light fantastic' powders I assume these are like the MSF powders/highlighter powders and despite looking pigmented in the pan, impart more radiance than colour.  Luna Lustre is so pretty in the pan with it's marbled peach and pinky tones-it's such a pretty highlight or blush topper.  I'll never get through the pan as they're huge but oh so pretty.

5-MAC Trip The Light Fantastic Powder in Strange New Worlds

Strange New Worlds is more golden and coral and looks so pretty with a light tan.  I love MAC MSF's and have quite a little collection and these are without doubt very usable.  They're even super pretty as eyeshadows.

What have you been buying recently?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I actually finished a lipstick (and other make up items)

I've actually managed to get through a fair few make up (and skincare) items in the past few weeks so I thought I would do a round up post giving you the low down of what I liked, what I loved and what I wouldn't repurchase.  There'll be a skincare post coming up too but this one focuses on the make up products that are all done and dusted.

MUFE Ultra HD stick foundation-on the fence.

Loved the convenience of this but it took me several attempts to get the application right-I actually talked about my struggles here.  But I did nail it-swiped on the skin and then buffed in with a short, wide, dense kabuki brush spritzed with a setting spray (Smashbox Primer Water was my weapon of choice) and I did start to love it.  But probably not enough to run out and repurchase.

Estee Lauder Double Wear-definite repurchase

This is probably my all time fave foundation-it always looks good and is literally foolproof.  I prefer the heavier coverage and this never lets me down.  Best applied with fingers or beauty blender

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops-liked but not a must have

The theory behind these drops is that they can be added to a foundation to amp up the pigmentation and I really liked them because they did exactly that without affecting the formula of the foundation.  What isn't great about them is the packaging-the dropper mechanism doesn't work well with the formula (although I get why they have used it) and the formula gets quite cloggy quite quickly.  These are good and brilliant for a professional make up artist but I don't think they are an absolute must have for me.  An amazing shade range is a definite plus though!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light-a great all rounder

I mainly used this brightening powder under my eyes to set my concealer.  Hourglass describe it as 'An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow, even in broad daylight'.

I've done a full review of this powder here with all the details of why it's so good!

Gucci Golden Glow Bronzer-love, love love

I really loved this bronzer from Gucci and I dedicated a whole post to it here.  It's quite pricey at £39 but it lasted for ages and gave a beautiful matte yet not flat, glow to the skin.  I would definitely repurchase this if I didn't have a crazy large bronzer stash right now-it's my current fave make up item!

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Perfecting Powder-would be HG if I didn't go through it so quickly!

Another powder I have dedicated a whole post to-you can read my thoughts here.  This is my fourth compact and I do keep repurchasing it but I go through them like lightening-and it's not a cheap powder.  My MAC Studio Fix powder foundation is my holy grail pressed powder because it lasts an amazing length of time and has a much better price point.

Clinique High Impact Mascara-would repurchase

Really enjoyed using this mascara from Clinique and I would definitely repurchase if I didn't have an insane mascara stash!  Really black, lengthening, volumising, smudge and flake free, it definitely ticked all my boxes.

Colour Pop eyeshadow in Glow-probably would repurchase

This shadow was part of the Kathleen Lights original collab collection and can't be bought separately but I highly recommend picking up that set of four shadows because they are so beautiful!  The formula of these eyeshadows is quite unique, it's too dry in formula to be a cream but it's not a powder either.  I find it best applied with my fingers and pressed into the eyelid-once it's on though it will not budge or crease all day.  But what I love it for the most is an eyeshadow base.  Glow is a matte vanilla shade so it's such a great primer for eyeshadow with a great price point.  The only downside is I find that I go through Colour Pop eyeshadows quite quickly-but they're only $5 each

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen-would not repurchase

At £43 this liquid eyeliner certainly isn't cheap but I did find mine lasted about a year with very regular usage.  It is dual ended-a thick felt tip at one end and a smaller finer tip at the other end.  I tended to use the thicker tip most and found that it was great for someone like me who isn't great at applying eyeliner.  I found my lines were smooth and the pen was easy to control.  I also found on me that it rarely migrated or smudged.  But having said that, I wouldn't repurchase because I think that the Kat Von D Trooper liner is a better liquid liner at a much cheaper price point.

Sephora Colorful Shadow and Liner in 04 Taupe-already repurchased 

I absolutely love these chunky eyeshadow sticks from Sephora.  They're cheap, the colour pay off is great, they last hours, they look lovely as a standalone shadow but also make an amazing base for eyeshadow-I rate these way higher than the Charlotte Tilbury equivalent.  My lovely friend Kirsty has written a fabulous review of these here.

Chantecaille Lucky lipgloss-definite repurchase

I love love love this lipgloss, it's a nude gloss lovers dream!  I love layering it over a nude liner-you can see it paired with Marc Jacobs Honeybun here and with Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk here.

Kat Von D Studded lipstick in Lovecraft-would repurchase (if I didn't own about 200 lipsticks)

I finished a lipstick!  I've dedicated a whole post to this lipstick formula here and for a matte lipstick I find them really comfortable.  Lovecraft is a very neutral, Kylie Jenner-esque shade that is perfect for the office.  The only downside of this lipstick is the packaging.  Firstly it's bulky but the most annoying thing is that the lid kept coming off in my make up bag.

NARS The Multiple in Portofino-would repurchase

The NARS Multiple sticks are a brilliant all rounder product-they come in a huge range of shades in both matte and shimmer finishes and be swiped on lips, eyes and cheeks.  They also last an absolute age so they're really good value for money.  Portofino is a beautiful pinky peach shade that works well on cheeks and lips.  The only downside again is the packaging-the NARS packaging just attracts dust, dirt and fingerprints and is virtually impossible to keep clean.

What make up have you finished up recently?

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Lip Six

lipstick swatches

Happy Monday!  I'm back in Dubai now after a brilliant break and 9 days off to recharge and relax and I now feel ready to hit work hard again-it's crazy how fast this year has gone by!

This weeks Lip Six is pretty muted when I have put it together-here are my last 6 lip picks.

Top row (L) Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Lost Cherry (review!) (R) MAC Amplified lipstick in Craving

Middle row (L) Bite High Pigment Pencil in Chablis (R) Bite High Pigment Lip Pencil in Rhubarb

Bottom row (L) Burberry Lip Cover in Blush (now called Burberry Kisses) (R) Tom Ford lipstick in Spanish Pink (review!)

Which is your favourite?

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