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!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Colour Pop eyeshadows-the best $5 you'll ever spend

Colour Pop eyeshadow review

Colour Pop eyeshadow review

Colour Pop eyeshadow review

I feel like everyone is talking about Colour Pop-and so they should be.  I kept seeing Instagram posts about their eyeshadows and whatsapped my fellow cosmetics addict Sarah and said 'how do I get my hands on Colour Pop'  Sarah told me they only ship to the US but as I have a US shipping address (Aramex shop and ship Dubai peeps) I used my paypal account and that address to acquire my first order.

Colour Pop seem like an exciting company to me.  They're California based, absolutely cruelty free and very interactive with their clients.  My order arrived well packaged with a cute little handwritten note saying they loved me more than pizza.  Who doesn't?

They do a pretty basic range at the moment-eyeshadows (with every shade under the sun catered for and matte and shimmer finishes), lip products (lipsticks and lip liners), blush and now highlighters.  And they're cheap as chips.  $5.  You hear right-five little dollars.

And they're amazing.  They have a spongey but not wet texture.  They are creamy and set to a powder.  They do not crease or budge all day.  They don't dry or crack on the lid.  There is no fallout because they are a cream.  They're true to pan colour.  The sparkly ones sparkle like diamonds on the lids.  They are hands down better than the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre.

There are a couple of niggles-they're very fragile and in the second order I placed two of the shadows had smashed in transit.  I contacted Colour Pop who immediately gave me a coupon code worth the value of the shadows that were broken and a sincere apology.  The shipping after order is a little slow (I have just placed my third order last week and it only got dispatched today).  There is not a huge amount of product in the pan and you can't depot them.  But they're $5!!  I feel bad for thinking these thoughts.

The best way to apply them seems to be to tap the colour straight on the lid with a finger or to use a flat short brush (like a MAC 239 brush) to apply the shadow.  They blend out really easily.  I am quite besotted.  I want to buy them for everyone.

Colour Pop eyeshadow review-eyeshadow swatches

Colour Pop eyeshadow review-eyeshadow swatches

My photos don't do them justice but here are a few shots of them on the lid.

Colour Pop eyeshadow review-eyeshadow swatches

Colour Pop eyeshadow review-eyeshadow swatches

Colour Pop eyeshadow review-eyeshadow swatches

Colour Pop eyeshadow review-eyeshadow swatches

Colour Pop eyeshadow review-eyeshadow swatches

Lets hope they ship to the UK soon!!

Let me see know if you'd like to see swatches from my second (and third, yet to arrive) order!

Colour Pop.  Good work.  Keep it up.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Lip Six

Happy Monday!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  I had some Bloglovin issues last week but I emailed them and they all got sorted which involved amalgamating the two profiles I had since I bought my own domain (12 months ago...).  They were really helpful though so thumbs up to Bloglovin!

Here's my last six lip picks

Top row (L) MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Fanfare  (R) MAC Redd lip pencil with Dior Rouge Dior Sterling Red

Middle row (L) MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Sunny Seoul (R) NARS Matte Velvet lip pencil in Bettina

Bottom row (L) Tom Ford lipstick in Indian Rose (R) Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 317 La Precieuse (LE)

I really do love the NARS Velvet Matte formula-it's not drying and leaves such a lovely finish on the lips.  I also find the Rouge Allure Velvet formula from Chanel far less drying than the original Rouge Allure.

What's your favourite?