Monday, October 20, 2014

Lip Six

Lip Six is back!!  Here are my last 6 lip picks!

MAC Zazoom, MAC Kittenish, NARS Easy lover, Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect, NARS Stella, Dior Fluid Stick Tiny Pink

Top row (L) MAC Lipglass in Zazoom (R) MAC Patentpolish lip pencil in Kittenish (LE)

Middle row (L) NARS gloss (old formula) in Easy Lover (R) Charlotte Tilbury KISSING lipstick in Bitch Perfect

Bottom row (L) NARS gloss in Stella (old formula) (R) Dior Fluid Stick in Tiny Pink



Sunday, October 19, 2014

YSL Ink Fusion foundation review


YSL Ink fusion foundation review

YSL Ink fusion foundation review

This purchase was enabled by my extremely good friend Antonia who whatsapped me and told me to go and buy this new launch from YSL.  Immediately.

I am going to link Antonia's review of YSL's new Ink Fusion foundation in because we have very different skin types-Antonia has very dry skin where as I have combinations/borderline oily skin but this foundation seems to work for both which is pretty unusual.

I ordered this to Vanessa's from Harvey Nichols as it hadn't launched in Dubai and she brought it over for me.  When I unpacked it the first thing I noticed, before even opening it, was how liquid it was.  In fact, Vanessa and I looked at each other as I was shaking the bottle as if to say 'is that right'?? 

I like my foundations to be pretty heavy duty and long lasting and this water like consistency put me off immediately.

But I have four foundations on rotation at the moment and this is the one I find myself reaching for almost every day.

Unlike Antonia who applies this foundation to the back of her hand and then uses a brush to work into the face, I take a lazier approach, swiping the wand of this foundation directly onto my skin and then buffing it in with a foundation brush (Real Techniques Expert Face is perfect).  Despite it's viscosity it's not going to drip down your face and it isn't as messy as I thought the wand applicator may be.  It's advisable to give the glass bottle a good shake before opening it though.

This foundation does something I don't think I have ever seen another foundation do-it seems to sink in and weld to your skin rather than sitting as a layer on top of it.  As you buff it in you can literally see your face becoming more even toned, it's a bit like airbrush for the skin and just blends so effortlessly.  Yet it looks so natural, I can still see my freckles underneath and I can literally feel nothing on my skin.  It's completely weightless.

It's buildable if you prefer heavier coverage but it's not a full coverage foundation-Medium coverage is probably the best you'll get.  It dries down to a velvet matte finish and is the only foundation I have ever used that I don't feel I need to set it with powder.  Don't get me wrong, nothing is going to stop my natural oiliness coming through in a couple of hours so I do, of course powder but this foundation is such a great canvas, making you look flawless yet not overdone or caked in make up.

It wasn't love at first sight but it's definitely grown on me and is my go to foundation of the moment.

PS I am wearing this foundation here in this Tom Ford FOTD post



Saturday, October 18, 2014

The almost perfect mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara review

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara review

When a brand names a product 'Better than Sex' you know they think it's good.

Without making this post too innuendo driven I am a mascara whore.  I know exactly what I want from a mascara (very black, very volumising) and go through tubes and tubes of the stuff whilst still always maintaining a stash of 20+ 'must try' mascaras.

Let's talk packaging.  It's good.  Unique.  Stands out from the crowd with its metallic rose pink tubing and embossed fancy lettering.  A good start.

The brush-slightly larger than I usually prefer, with extra stiff bristles (I am sorry, it's hard to avoid the sexual innuendos) and a slight hourglass meaning it tapers in in the middle.   With wands this size I have a habit of getting the mascara all over my lid, on the bridge of my nose and on the outer corner of my eye but this brush is really easy to use, getting into all the corners and right down to the roots.

I quickly learned that the more you work with this mascara the more you're rewarded on the lashes.  Pile it on.  It's easy to build as it doesn't dry ultra quick and 2-3 coats gives masses of length and volume without the clumps.  Just keep putting more on.  This mascara is so versatile in that you can get a very natural, fluttery lash or an extra black dramatic lash.

So why is it 'the almost perfect' mascara?

It has two problems-a minor one and a major one.

The minor problem is that when you first start using it the formula is far too thick on the wand.  You need to wipe it with a tissue until the mascara starts to dry out.  After a couple of weeks it'll be fine.

The major problem for me is that this mascara flakes and smudges like crazy.  And because I love the effect, I have tried everything to prevent this-using a lash primer and a waterproof top coat but even my beloved Bare Minerals 'Locked and Coated' topcoat can't cope with this mascara.

Sad to say I won't be repurchasing it and continue my hunt for my own personal 'better than sex' mascara.

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara review





Friday, October 17, 2014

KIKO Water Eyeshadow review

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

I bought these eyeshadows as an experiment.  In June I visited KIKO for the first time and these were the things that seemed the most impressive from the range of products I swatched all over my chubby little hands.  And because I thought they were pretty in the pan.

At the time, NARS were about to launch their Dual Intensity eyeshadows (reviewed here) and I felt these may be a good 'cheaper' alternative.  For price comparison purposes the NARS eyeshadows retail at £21 and these shadows from KIKO retail at £8.90.  You also get 3g of product with KIKO compared to 1.5g with NARS.

The colours swatched beautifully in the store, super pigmented and buttery and under the bright store lights I was suckered in.

Let's start with the good points:

The shadows apply really easily and evenly dry and most are relatively easy to blend out when dry.  Wet they become more metallic but really difficult to blend so are best used wet either packed on to the lid or as a liner.

The shadows have the same highly reflective almost metallic texture as the NARS dual intensity shadows.  They last all day on the lid without fading or creasing.  

Here's the not so good:

Every time I try and open the eyeshadow I chip my nail polish!  It's packaged similar to the NARS but without the magnetic closure making it quite difficult to yank open.  There is however a little mirror in each compact which is useful.  But beware, the actual pan is really fragile and two of them were broken when I got them home, luckily I noticed whilst in London and they exchanged them for me.

There is a ton of fallout with these shadows when applying them to the lid.  That's not the biggest problem though-the biggest problem is that the shadow in the pan isn't necessarily what you get on the lid.  And then when you try to blend the darker colours together you completely lose the pigmentation of the shadow you are trying to blend on top and the shadow just seems to disappear into the shadow underneath.

That's the kicker for me-because some of the shadows in the pan don't translate well onto the lid I have found them to be unwearable for everyday use.  The two neutral shades that could be nice for daytime are absolutely packed with glitter and fallout.

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

  • Midnight blue is pretty consistent from the pan to the lid but looks like a 70's disco ball on my lid.  Even Mike was like 'woah where are you wearing that too?'  It packs onto the lid fine but is a bugger to blend out.  There's no chunky glitter in this shade but tons of micro glitter shimmer.  A lot of fallout with this shade.
  • Olive green is really beautiful in the pan (very similar to MAC Sumptuous Olive which I love) and on the lid looks more emerald with a yellow undertone.  The formula of this shade is much nicer to apply though, it's very smooth and blends well and has no obvious glitter in it.
  • Taupe is really odd.  In the pan it looks like a cool toned, grey toned mid purple, no glitter.  When swatched it looks like a greyed brown with microglitter yet on the lid it's a smoky purple shade.  It's too purple to be taupe and on me quite unwearable.  But again the formula of this one is good, smooth and easy to blend
  • Pearly Coffee is a glittery dark brown, it almost looks muddy in the pan.  It's packed with silver glitter and there is a fair bit of fallout making it just a bit full on for daytime wear.  It's really difficult to work with and blend out-it really does take some work.  It also has a tendency to lose its brown shade when blended on top of other shadows-often looking black or purple.
KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

  • Champagne looks like a warm light bronze in the pan but translates to a lighter shimmering champagne tone on the lid (very similar to Stila Kitten in tone).  There is a lot of glitter in this shade as well and a fair amount of fallout.
  • Golden Mauve is another really odd shade.  I would describe the shade exactly as the name-a golden toned mauve in the pan.  Almost a little bit rose gold.  But on the lid it's purple.  Definitely purple.  It completely loses the rosyness in the shade and barely looks differentiated from Taupe.
  • Pearly Gray is a steel silver with a lot of glitter and a foil like finish. 
All the looks below are done with the eyeshadows used dry straight from the pan over a clear primer and photographed in natural light.

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,


So are these a good dupe for the NARS Dual Intensity eyeshadows?  Yes and no.  They're not bad eyeshadows, they're priced really well and if you can work with them and accept the colour differentiation they look nice on the eyes.  They're going to give you a similar effect the NARS shadows do-that highly reflective, luminous look but the NARS shadows knock the socks off these in terms of the quality, ease of application and the overall finish.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Love Liberty

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Love Liberty

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Love Liberty

This lipstick has given me nightmares.  Every time I tried to photograph it the lighting was awful and the lipstick looked so dark and shadowy.  After two days of trying indoors, I headed outside to get a shot in natural light which finally showed how utterly beautiful Love Liberty is.

This is my 3rd Matte Revolution lipstick-you can read all about Amazing Grace and Lost Cherry here.  After trying and loving both I had to indulge in 'just one more' and pick up this glamorous and Autumn appropriate luminous berry shade.

Liberty Ross is the inspiration behind the shade and Charlotte wanted this lipstick to evoke wildly glamorous nights out a la Jerry Hall and Uma Thurman.  The most wildy glamorous I get at the moment is a face mask and a glass of Baileys but I get the imagery.

The formula is consistent with the other two I own although Love Liberty has a more obvious velvet matte finish to it.  But it's so hydrating and comfortable for a matte lipstick, I barely know I am wearing it.

It has both extracts from the Lipstick Tree (still want one) and Orchid to soothe and hydrate and give a soft cashmere finish.  It has 'glowing 3D pigments' to give a 'lit from within' look to the lips, making them appear wider and fuller.  And I really do like the finish-it is luminous whilst looking like velvet.

I'll end this post as I ended the last.

I definitely now need to add Love Liberty Sexy Sienna to my collection.

My verdict?  Excellence in a lipstick bullet.  Smooth, opaque in one pass, hydrating and long lasting.  Light and comfortable on the lips.  Zero negatives.  Zero.  And as a true lipstick aficionado this is indeed the highest praise I can give.