Friday, November 28, 2014

Nails Inc Gel Polishes

Nails Inc launched a range of gel effect polishes and I picked up two when I was last in the UK-the cool mushroom 'Porchester Square' and the vampy berry 'Kensington High Street'.  Porchester Square is also available in the permanent polish range and is one of Nails Inc's most popular shades.

The gel effect polish gives the high sheen and 'plumpness' of a gel manicure (something I love) but without the need for a UV lamp or a soak off (my pet hate).  You just apply as a normal polish.

I really love Porchester Square.  It looks so polished and shiny.  It lasted the longest a nail polish has ever lasted on me-five days and it was still going strong with not one chip (I am the girl who has to usually change her polish every two days).  It applies smoothly and streak free.  I applied Essie First Base, 2 coats of polish then a top coat of Seche Vite to add more gloss and cut down on drying time.

Kensington High Street is a gorgeous vampy winter berry shade.  Slightly more difficult to apply without a streak free finish but the wear time was equally as good.

Removal is super easy with your usual nail polish remover.

I really can't knock this new formula-I suspect I might pick up the bright pink 'Downtown' and the baby pink 'Mayfair Lane' when I am next in the UK.

I purchased Porchester Square and Kensington High Street from Debenhams for £14 each.

Have you tried these new polishes?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick review

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Sticks // $28 each // Sephora

After a poor start with cream eyeshadow sticks I have recently finally had some success.  After disappointments from Laura Mercier and By Terry I feel like I have found two brands that have cracked it.  First up was the amazing Trish McEvoy 24hr Eye Shadow and Liner which I reviewed and adored recently and then these, a little surprise package in the form of the Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Sticks.

I didn't read any reviews before popping these into my Sephora shopping cart-I just love the idea of lazy girl, 'swipe and go' eyeshadow.  And I love Marc Jacobs.

The packaging is sleek and silver-I am not a huge fan of the 'colouring pencil' tip but it's not massively offensive, just a bit childish.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Swatched, it was pretty much love at first sight.  They seemed really creamy and pigmented.  There are 9 shades in the range altogether and I chose two very 'me' shades-Au Revoir and Three Shakes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Au Revoir is a pewter shimmer and can look gold toned and silver toned depending what light you're in.  They're pretty similar in terms of formula to the Trish McEvoy ones in that they're really creamy, don't tug at the lids and don't set hard drying out your lids.  They do both pack on the shimmer though and have a very metallic finish.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Three Shakes is a metallic bronze.   This one is actually a little too creamy when applying-it's super super super pigmented, maybe even too pigmented which I know sounds bizarre but I felt like there was too much product on my lid initially.  But it's pretty easy to blend out and once it's on it doesn't move.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Like seriously doesn't move.

I am so busy at work at the moment I am not checking my make up at all during the day.  Once my lipstick has faded it ain't getting reapplied.

The first time I wore these I caught sight of myself in the mirror in the elevator going up to my apartment (come on we all do it!) and my eyeshadow was still totally in place.  Like not faded or creased or anything.

I was so impressed I took a picture to show you 12 hours wear-with a flash as it was dark.  Ignoring the rest of my face my eyelids look pretty fresh right?

The Twinkle Pop's have an angled applicator meaning it's easy to swipe across the lids and I tend to use a small fluffy brush to smooth the outer edges (I use a MAC 217 for everything). 

I thought these might be pretty gimmicky but actually they're a pretty solid performer for foil finish, long lasting pretty lids.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lip Six

Happy Monday!  I don't feel like this is the most exciting of Lip Sixes but here's my last six lip picks!

Top row (L) MAC Lustre lipstick in Plumful (R) Clinique Chubby Stick in Heftiest Hibiscus

Middle row (L) MAC lipstick in Faux (R) OCC Lip Tar in Trollop

Bottom row (L) Buxom lipstick in Centrefold (R) Chantecaille lip gloss in Pretty

Do you have a favourite?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Chanel Camelia De Plumes Highlighting Powder for Holiday 2014

Chanel Camelia De Plumes Highlighting Powder for Holiday 2014

Chanel Camelia De Plumes Highlighting Powder for Holiday 2014

Chanel Camelia De Plumes Highlighting Powder for Holiday 2014

Chanel Camelia De Plumes Highlighting Powder for Holiday 2014

Chanel Camelia De Plumes Highlighting Powder for Holiday 2014

At first glance, this highlighter from the Chanel Plumes Precieuses Holiday 2014 collection does not look like something I would not ever consider putting my face.  It looks very 'tin man-esque' with its steely grey appearance. 

I was browsing Harvey Nichols in Dubai and the Chanel holiday collection had just hit the store.  The eyeshadow palette does nothing for me this year, it's just so dull.  And this highlighter looked pretty unwearable.  Until swatched.  You know, just out of curiosity.

And it's so beautiful.  Like ridiculously beautiful.  I love a good highlighter and this one is currently at the top of my highlighting tree.

The compact itself features a feather motif shaped like a camelia flower, a nod to Coco Chanel's signature flower.

The highlighter itself is unique to my collection-most of my highlighters have quite a champagne-y tone to them, but this is a definite sheeny white gold.  Sara from Color Me Loud has a great review and comparison swatches showing that although seemingly very cool toned (and works well on my pale cool toned skin), it's not too white nor silvery nor grey toned.

It's illuminating rather than stark when on the skin and not tin man-esque at all.

It's very limited edition and probably my favourite 'Holiday 2014' item I have picked up this year.  Good job Chanel.

My personal favourite review of this highlighter is from Karen at Make Up & Beauty Blog.  I think Karen's blog (along with her trusty sidekick Tabs) was one of the first beauty blogs I ever started reading and I am still hooked to this day.  She's hilarious, beautiful and her reviews are bang on.

I'll leave you with her thoughts:

If I could bathe in a claw-foot tub filled with this stuff, I would, and with as much as that would probably cost (according to my calculations and based on an 80-gallon tub, about $2.6 million), people would wonder if I made a deal with the devil. Looking at the otherworldly glow of my skin from the platinum gold sheen, they might also assume I was doing an extreme wheatgrass juice cleanse, but I digress… 

When light catches the high points on my face while I’m wearing this, it looks like there are creamy streams of starlight on my cheeks. 

Seriously. Lovin’ on this.

Tell me you're not running to your nearest Chanel counter now to check this out??

Saturday, November 22, 2014

NARS Radiant Cream compact foundation review

Nars radiant cream compact foundation

Just a quickie today with my thoughts on the NARS radiant cream compact foundation.

Am not sure why I bought this compact as I am not usually one for solid cream foundations that need a sponge to apply. (FYI you need to buy the compact and the foundation insert separately.  And I have lost the sponge.  The perils of having cats)

But hey I must have been persuaded to try it whilst browsing Space NK and after testing it out, overall it's surprisingly good.  But sadly not for oily skintypes like mine.

I personally don't like sponges for application but you could use the included sponge or a damp beauty blender.  I use a brush, dipping it straight into the compact and onto my skin.

It's surprisingly (that word again!) easy to work with and blend into the skin, it buffs in nicely giving a light to medium coverage but is easily buildable to a heavier medium to full coverage.  It's creamy but not tacky and leaves a dewy radiant finish.  This foundation is perfect for girls with dry skin-I am sure of it.  I find it gets a little too glowy too quickly for my liking.  A little too much radiance.

It comes in the usual NARS shade range-from Siberia to Khartoum but I had to go a shade down from my usual NARS shade so bear that in mind if you're ordering online your Sheer Glow shade may not be your Radiant Creamy Compact shade.

I bought the foundation for £28 and the empty compact for £7, both from Space NK.