Friday, May 29, 2015

NARS lip gloss-Striptease, Giza, Salamanca, Priscilla

NARS lip gloss-Striptease, Giza, Salamanca, Priscilla

NARS lip gloss-Striptease, Giza, Salamanca, Priscilla

NARS lip gloss-Striptease, Giza, Salamanca, Priscilla

It seems to be a bit of a lipstick review heavy week this week! 

I have always had NARS lip glosses in my make up collection.  Last year, when they reformulated their shades I did a bit of an edit on my stash and decided I needed to throw most of the ones I owned out as I had had them for years.  The good news is, the new formulation not only replicated many of the popular shades but it is also so good.  Way better than the original.  If you like your lip gloss to be non sticky, water like on the lips and super glossy then NARS is definitely a range worth checking out.

What is worth noting is that these are not the most pigmented glosses on the market.  They fall into the 'juicy' gloss rather than lacquer category but they're easy to wear, never feather and apply smoothly to the lips-no bunching up of the gloss is evident.

I picked up 4 shades last year from Selfridges (I know, it has taken me almost 12 months to review them-bad Stacey)
Striptease-a very pale milky gold-not my usual thing but actually I really like it and it leaves behind a really pretty gold sheen
Giza-An effortless peachy nude for lazy days
Salamanca-My personal fave-the juiciest pinky coral with a glass like sheen
Priscilla-NARS' best seller from this range-a sheer fluro pink

There are 36 shades in total so something for everyone-I have my eye on Angelika-a sheer pink with gold sparkles-I owned the original so I think it's now time to own the remix!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Back to MAC-Vegas Volt

MAC Vegas Volt review

MAC Vegas Volt review

MAC Vegas Volt review

Whoop it's coral season!!

I love coral, it's so summery and fresh and come spring/summer my lip hue of choice!

So it made sense that for my latest Back To MAC 'exchange' I went for a bright coral-Vegas Volt.

Back To MAC is a scheme MAC runs to encourage recycling of its packaging.  They accept anything made of plastic so even items like the empty MAC make up remover wipes qualify.  Once you have 6 empties you can pop into any MAC store or concession (or you can send them to MAC) and in return, MAC will give you a free lipstick.

The process was very easy, I literally walked in with my 6 empties, chose my lipstick, signed the Back To MAC register and walked away with my beautiful new lipstick.

Back to MAC is available worldwide or via mail directly back to MAC.

Vegas Volt is indeed a stunner!  It's rich and creamy due to the Amplified formula and is a brightening orange toned coral.  Blot it down for a more subtle shade but I like to wear it full on.

As a side note, I'm off to Vegas again in July-I can't wait!

What's your favourite coral?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lip Six

Happy Monday!  And happy bank holiday Monday if you're in the UK.  I'm not jealous at all.....

Here's my last 6 lip picks.

lipstick swatches
Top row (L) Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Lost Cherry (R) NARS Audacious lipstick in Brigitte

Middle row (L) Burberry Lip Velvet in Pink Amber  (R) Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in Souveraine (LE)

Bottom row (L) Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in Allegresse (LE)  (R) L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire liquid lipstick in 304 Ruby Opera

I apologise for including two limited edition shades from the Dior Rouge Dior range-but the formula of those Dior lipsticks is sublime and I urge you to try it!  My favourite this week was a cross between Dior Souveraine and Charlotte Tilbury Lost Cherry-but Lost Cherry is really just a more matte version of Souveraine.  On the whole I have really loved the L'Oreal Coulour Riche lipsticks but I really struggled to get Ruby Opera to apply smoothly and consistently.

Do you have a favourite?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Clinque Pop Lipstick and Primer in 'Plum Pop'

Clinque Pop Lipstick and Primer in 'Plum Pop' review

Clinque Pop Lipstick and Primer in 'Plum Pop' review

Clinque Pop Lipstick and Primer in 'Plum Pop' review

I have read all the raves about the new(ish) Clinique Pop lip colour and primer-from the bloggers who were sent it as a PR sample before launch to the smaller and make up obsessed bloggers like myself and I decided that the raves for this lipstick seemed to be coming from all angles so I decided to get on that bandwagon pronto.

I have to admit I don't own a lot of Clinique make up-I have a chubby stick with the worst name ever (Heftiest Hibiscus wtf), have tried a few of their mascaras and bought two of the Clinique blushers with the flower motif that I have never gotten round to trying and that's about it.  Back in the day I was all about Clinique Air Kiss gloss although it was the stickiest and smelliest gloss in the world and came in a pot.  Hygienic.

There are 16 shades of the Pop lipsticks-I plumped for Plum Pop after seeing it on the lovely Lauzrah's blog-I played it safe with this muted plum shade with a definite pinkness about it.

And I have to say it's a big thumbs up-the formula is very lightweight and imparts a nice luminosity.  It's very forgiving to dry lips and feels very hydrating.  Lasting power isn't exceptional but I wouldn't expect a formula this creamy to stick around for days.  The very sharply pointed tip makes application straight from the bullet a synch and it doesn't migrate outside the lip line.  It's easy peasy lemon squeezy lipstick.

I am definitely tempted by a few more shades but will be picking them up in the US next month where this lipstick retails for $18 versus £16 in the UK so they're much cheaper Stateside.  Am looking forward to getting my swatch on!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dior 539 Variation Nude 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette

Dior Variation Nude 539 5 couleurs eyeshadow palette review

Dior Variation Nude 539 5 couleurs eyeshadow palette review

I have to admit to being pretty judgy on make up-the first time I try something I am either like 'love it' or 'hmmm hate it'.  I have to admit I have found Dior pretty hit and miss from my last couple of purchases-I reviewed the Tie Dye blushers and was not impressed at all, the Backstage Eye Reviver palette was kind of disappointing and the Christmas limited edition palettes I sold in a blog sale.

But there is still just something about Dior and there are things I love, like the Rouge Dior lipstick formula-and the Rouge Dior Baume and the old formula eyeshadows before the reformulation at the end of last year are some of the very best out there.

I feel like I have reviewed so many neutral eye palettes recently-the aforementioned Backstage Eye Reviver, MAC Amber x 9 , Gucci Tuscan Storm, Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate and yet here I am with another one-the newly released 'Variation Nude' which seems to be part of the Tie Dye collection although it seems an odd fit.

Anyway, yes I know this is a bit of a ramble but basically I LOVE this palette.  It was an instant hit!

Dior connoisseurs may think this looks quite like 'Rosy Tan' (now discontinued) but Variation Nude has a bit more depth and complexity to it and the top left shade is a softer beige rather than a pink.

The formula is just like the old Dior palettes-smooth, buttery, blends easily, lasts all day long and does not budge or crease and pigmented.  The finish isn't glittery-although when I swatch it there is definitely complex microshimmer in all the shades when you see them in direct sunlight-but it is satin and metallic.  I really like it.

I'm so relieved this Dior palette is back on point because I did really debate about buying it given my recent experiences with their newer palettes.  If these shades had been in the Eye Revivor palette I would have been doing cartwheels.

Here are some swatches in direct bright sunlight-from left to right on my arm is from top left clockwise in the palette finishing with the centre shade at the end.  The centre shade is the most beautiful pearly highlight.

Dior Variation Nude 539 5 couleurs eyeshadow palette review

And here are some in natural light.

Dior Variation Nude 539 5 couleurs eyeshadow palette review

Dior Variation Nude 539 5 couleurs eyeshadow palette review

Hooray for Dior on this one, this palette has definitely found a way into my nude palette loving heart!